9 Trees for Small Yards

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Trees come in all sizes, from towering oaks to small fruit trees you can grow on your patio fruit trees you can grow on your patio. And if you’re looking for something justttt right for a small yard, the choices may seem endless. To pick the perfect species for your garden, first measure out exactly how much space you have.

“A good rule is to plant a tree away from the house at a distance equal to one-half of the maximum tree height,” says Kate Karam, a landscape architect with Monrovia. “For a 20-foot tree [at maturity], plant no less than 10 feet from the house. Tree roots can grow beyond the canopy of a tree, so a bit of wiggle room is a very good idea.”

When selecting a tree for a small space, consider ornamental trees, which are often slower growing, as well as trees

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