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10 Trees You Should Plant In Your Garden

Trees play a vital role in the ecosystem of the planet and provide numerous benefits to mankind. Having trees in your garden can actually turn the look of the garden and create a sculptural feel to the place. The trees can act as a buffer for cold and windy nights and a shade for the sunny days.

Though trees may take a while to grow, they are still beneficial even as saplings and young trees. They help purify the air and some even bear fruit at an early age.

While having a huge tree may not be practical, unless your garden is very large, there are small trees that can be planted without the fear of roots ripping up foundations and walls. Listed below are 10 trees that should grace your garden, regardless of the size of your garden:

Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle

This type of tree can grow even in poor soil condition. Crape Myrtle can flourish in a sunny environment as they are tolerant to heat. They grow in different sizes, ranging from small shrub-like size to bigger tree-like sizes.



The Serviceberry or Amalanchier is capable of producing a fruit that looks like a berry after it has pollinated. It grows white flowers that attract insects and help in the pollination of the tree.

The Serviceberry can remain as a shrub or grow to the size of a little tree. It is able to survive in different climates and environment.



The Conus Florida species of the dogwood tree is one of the most common types of dogwood and they grow from shrub sizes to tree sizes.

There are various species of the dogwood with some species like the Korean dogwood producing fruits that are edible. Dogwood trees have bright and vibrant colors that can brighten the garden and make it look beautiful



Popularly known as the ‘Green Giant’, this tree acts as a beautiful alternative for fences and walls. The arborvitae provides privacy as it can screen your garden or yard from unwanted visitors.

Though it grows very tall, it has a conical shape that economizes space. The tree is hardy and tolerates almost any soil and environment.



Elderberries don’t grow very tall and are known for the fruits and flowers they produce. The fruits are mostly used to make jams and pies and the flowers are good for pollination. Elderberries grow better in soil that is slightly acidic and moist and are tolerant to sunny climates.

Apple Tree

Apple tree

Although the apple tree may not be considered for gardens due to its size, dwarf apple trees make excellent choices for gardens. Dwarf apple trees come in different variety and sizes, with most under 8 feet. The tree still produces edible apples that can also be collected to make pies and jams.

Fig tree

Fig tree

Though fig trees are more common in the Mediterranean, there are some varieties that can be grown in different climates. The fig tree can be grown in small spaces, pots, and containers. Unlike other fruit-bearing trees, the fig tree can be pruned to remain a needed size and still bear fruit.



The redbud tree can grow very tall and has to be pruned to keep it small to fit your garden. The flowers of the redbud tree are not only red in color but can have white, pink or even purple flowers.

The redbud provides nectar and pollen seeds for bees and needs little fertilizer as it can get some of the nitrogen it needs from the air.

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

The Japanese maple tree comes in a variety of sizes and colors and the tree is great for small spaces due to the small stature of the tree. The Japanese maple grows best in areas that have shade or climates that are not sunny.

Find out more about Japanese maple tree in our list of beautiful trees for privacy between houses

Vitex Tree

Vitex tree

The Vitex tree is also known as the chaste tree or the monk’s pepper as the tree was believed to be a drug taken by monks to reduce sexual urges and help keep them celibate.

The fruit of the tree is used in alternative medicine and the flowers attract bees and insect. The Vitex tree grows best in climates that are sunny or part sunny and the soil is well drained.

All trees have their peculiar advantages and understanding them will help you in choosing the right tree. While others can be used for various purposes. Knowing this can help you choose the tree that will keep you satisfied throughout the lifespan of the tree. Trees are living things and so will need attention during planting and care as the tree grows.

10 Trees You Should Plant In Your Garden


About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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Josua Toivo says April 19, 2020

Great advice of which trees fits smaller gardens.
My garden is full of trees , variety of pot plants and brings lots of mosquitoes which is troubling us.
Which plamts can repel or kill mosquitoes?

    Ann Katelyn says April 23, 2020

    Hey Josua,
    Glad you enjoyed my post. Unfortunately, there aren’t any plants that can kill mosquitoes but, there are some that can help to repel them.
    Here are some which I enjoy because they serve dual purposes. Citronella grass, Basil, Lavender, Garlic, Lemon balm, Lemon grass, Peppermint, Marigold.

    If you want some advice on how to best grow any of these, please reach out and let me know what area you live.
    All the best Ann.

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