Compact Trees and Shrubs for Small Spaces

The beauty that trees offer is invaluable. However, some people run into the problem of not having enough room for large trees or shrubs. Below you will find some varieties we carry that are appropriate for small spaces. These varieties are actually shrubs that are pruned to resemble trees. Dwarf trees typically do not thrive in Colorado’s fluctuating climate. Pruning shrubs is one option to create a tree form for a small space. That being said, all of the plants below will need to be pruned regularly to keep their shape and appearance!

Tinkerbelle® Lilac

Syringa x bailbelle ‘Tinkerbelle’

  • Tree form with a rounded upright growth habit

  • Blooms in late spring

  • Great for foundation or hedge planting

  • Height/Width: 4 x 6 ft.

  • Bloom: May (wine red/pink blooms)

  • Zone: 3

  • Full sun

  • Requires moderate watering

  • Fragrant and makes lovely cut flowers

  • Pollinator friendly

  • May be planted up to 7,500 feet in elevation

European Snowball Viburnum

Viburnum opulus ’Roseum’

  • Masses of pure white, snowball-like flower clusters make a showy display.

  • Bright green leaves have a purplish-red fall coloring.

  • Spectacular landscape specimen

  • Deciduous

  • Grows 10-12 feet tall

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Zone 3-8


Mohican Wayfaring Tree

Viburnum lantana ‘Mohican’

  • Dense globe growing habit

  • Large leathery leaves look dark blue/green into winter.

  • Flowers sets fruit

  • Height/Width: 6 x 6 feet

  • Bloom: May (creamy white)

  • Fruit: Crimson/black berries

  • Fall color: Purple to bronze

  • Zone 3

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Moderate water

  • Attracts butterflies and birds

  • Deer resistant

  • May be planted up to 8,000 feet in elevation

Diabalo Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monolo’

  • Tree form of Ninebark shrub

  • Dark purple, lobed foliage

  • Trunk with peeling bark

  • Height/Width: 10 x 10 feet

  • Bloom: June

  • Zone: 3

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Beautiful fall colors,

  • May be planted up to 7,000 feet in elevation

Ivory Halo Dogwood

Cornus alba ’Bailhalo’

  • Boasts variegated leaves that tend to turn purplish-red during the fall

  • Height/Width: 4-6 feet

  • Bloom: May-June (yellow-white, inconspicuous)

  • Fruit: Showy berries

  • Zone: 3

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Moderate water

  • Attracts butterflies and birds

Summer Wine Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Seward’

  • Tree form of popular shrub

  • Deeply cut, wine-red foliage

  • Flakey brown bark on trunk

  • Height/Width: 6 x 6 feet

  • Bloom: June (pink-white)

  • Zone: 3

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Moderate water

  • Can be planted up to 6,500 feet in elevation


Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn

Crataegus crus-galli inermis

  • Thornless hawthorn with dark green glossy leaves

  • Nice globe form

  • Good fire blight resistance

  • Height/Width: 15-25 x 25-20 feet

  • Bloom: Late May

  • Fruit: August

  • Zone: 3

  • Full sun

  • Attracts birds

  • Produces berries

  • May be planted up to 8,000 feet in elevation

Purple-leaf Sand Cherry

Prunus x cistena

  • Blooms in late spring

  • Vibrant purple-red foliage throughout the season

  • Height/Width: 6-10 x 4-6 feet

  • Bloom: April-May

  • Zone: 3

Columnar Apple and Crabapple trees

  • Upright, compact, narrow growth habit

  • Ideal tree for containers or small landscape spaces

  • Blooms in the spring

  • Vibrant fall colors

  • Plant multiple in a row to create a living fence

  • Height/Width: 8-10 feet tall, 1.5-2 feet wide