There are many different varieties of short trees that can be used to improve the overall look of a garden or botanical arrangement. Short trees are generally characterized by their size, as most are less than twenty five feet tall. While short trees are known for their rapid growth rate, there are a few exceptions. Short trees generally only live between fifteen and twenty years, but their appeal is in how they look, especially during the spring and fall. Short trees have flowers which bloom in the spring, followed by leaves and fruit as the summer progresses. Deciduous varieties of short trees are known for their spectacular color change in the fall. Short trees are best used to accent a larger tree or arrangement rather than the focal point of a garden. Some popular types of short tree include the Japanese maple, Mulberry trees, and crabapple trees.
The Japanese maple is a popular type of short tree because of its dazzling colors during both the summer and fall. Japanese maples usually reach a height of fifteen to twenty feet, but with its relatively slow growth rate compared to other varieties of maple, it takes the tree most of its life to reach its full height. During the summer, the Japanese maple features dark red leaves that are the color of red wine. In the fall, the leaves lose their dark red color and turn a gorgeous shade of light orange which will look very attractive in any yard. They generally enjoy being in the shade, but its colors are more vibrant when exposed to a lot of sunlight. Japanese maples can be expensive and difficult to find, but they are a beautiful addition to a lawn or garden.
Mulberry trees are commonly found in gardens because of their attractive foliage. Native to warm, temperate climates, Mulberries are a deciduous tree that can reach fifteen to twenty feet in height. They are characterized by a rapid growth rate, causing the tree to reach its full potential in only a few years. Mulberries are popular with children because they have low, sturdy branches which are great for climbing. Mulberries tend to be susceptible to certain leaf diseases and insect infestations such as caterpillars or ants.
Crabapples are another popular short tree variety because of their beautiful spring colors. Crabapples are deciduous trees which can reach heights of up to twenty feet. In the spring, crabapple trees sprout delicate pink and white flowers which are actually quite stunning. Characterized by a medium growth rate, crabapple trees prefer hot summers with lots of sunlight. Crabapples also require cold winters in order to flower and grow fruit. The fruit size and flavor depends on the variety, but most crabapple trees to not produce sweet, edible fruit.