This blog will be highlighting and discussing 6 smaller growing trees which we would recommend for small gardens and constricted or tight spots. These are not all the trees by far which can be used, we have simply picked six which we feel are attractive and will work in most areas. This is an extremely popular question asked at retail nurseries as people often don’t know which tree to choose for their small garden or a ‘tight spot’. Just to confirm by constricted areas we mean next to pools, structures like walls, retaining walls, buildings etc. Choosing a tree can be difficult and the repercussions of choosing the incorrect tree can hit your pocket heavily, give you some serious headaches and difficulties as well as have legal penalties if you choose the wrong methods to deal with your incorrectly chosen tree. Also a tree is usually a long term feature so a wise decision must be made. We would also not recommend the attitude of saying ‘Ah man, this tree will take so long to grow to full height that it will not be my problem but somebody else’s’. In regards to the trees which we have chosen, some are deciduous meaning that at a certain time of the year the tree will more than likely lose its leaves. Do not let this put you off. There are benefits to growing deciduous trees for example the fact that it is easier to grow lawn under them and that they will let more light in winter which is usually much needed. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a tree which makes no mess, between the leaves, flowers or fruits/seeds something is bound to make a bit of a mess. Without further or do here are our 6 trees which we would recommend including in your list when deciding to plant a tree in the above mentioned circumstances.
Dais cotinifolia – Pompon tree (5-6m H x 4-5m W)
This indigenous tree is deciduous to semi-deciduous (Cape Town only loses leaves for very short period at end of winter) depending on what part of the country it is grown in. It is a very fast growing tree which can reach its ultimate height within 4-5years. Pompon trees have a lovely rounded crown and can either be single stemmed or multi stemmed depending. The trees common name Pompon tree exists because of the masses of pink flowers which are formed in round clusters which look like fluff balls. This tree flowers usually from November to December depending on the area for a month to 2 months. The show that this tree puts on when in full bloom is truly spectacular. The flowers are followed by black seeds. The flowers are sweetly scented and attract butterflies and other insects. This tree is drought tolerant once established but appreciates being watered well whilst establishing. The soil must be well drained, but still have a good organic content so make sure to prepare soil properly with compost when planting.