Do you want a tree on your property, but don’t have a lot of space? Most trees are known for their large, expansive roots that can take over an area. The bigger the tree, the further away you want it from your house because those roots will take over that area, whether your home is there or not. With that being said, there are quite a few small trees that you can have on your property, without invasive root systems, but with exceptional benefits. Here are a few of our favorites!

● Apple: Full-sized apple trees are not ideal for a yard; however, there are dwarf apple trees! These adorable “little” trees stay under 8 feet tall, making it the perfect size for even a small yard. What’s even better is that you will have delicious apples to pick from early summer to late fall. There are several varieties of apple trees to choose from, so make sure you research which one you’re planting. Some other dwarf fruit trees you can choose from are pears, cherries, peaches, apricots, etc.

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● Dogwood: Dogwood trees can range from shrub sized to full tree size, making it great for any property size. It has a range of gorgeous red, white, or pink flowers to brighten up your landscape. Some species also produce edible fruit.

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Serviceberry: Are you looking for delicious blueberry-like fruit? The Serviceberry tree is another excellent option that can be from shrub-size to a small tree. The blueberry-type fruit is pollinated after the bright white flowers have bloomed. Other names for these trees are shadbush, juneberry, or sugar-plum.

● Elderberry: If you’re looking for a natural pollinator, the elderberry is the way to go. These trees are mainly shrub-size but can grow into dwarf-sized trees. The flowers and the fruit attract pollinators and wildlife, but the fruit makes for delicious wine, jam, pie, and other treats. Make sure these trees stay well-drained as they grow.