Small Trees for Louisiana Landscapes

Daniel Gill  |  4/1/2015 1:54:55 AM


Star Magnolia

Chinese Fringe

Size Matters!

·How big it is when you buy it is irrelevant – How big will it be when it is MATURE?

·Never purchase plants, especially trees, shrubs, and vines, for landscapes unless you know, read on the tag, ask the staff or have researched its mature size.

·A substantial number of landscape problems are associated with planting trees and shrubs that are too large for where they are planted.

Tree Size Terms

·Small trees – 15 to 25 feet
·Medium trees – 30 to 55 feet
·Large trees – over 60 feet

Great Small Trees

  • Parsley Hawthorn, Crataegus marshallii
  • Redbud, Cercis canadensis; Forest Pansy Redbud, Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’
  • Taiwan Cherry, Prunus campanulata
  • Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata
  • Oriental Magnolia/Japanese Magnolia, Magnolia x soulangeana
  • American Fringe Tree, Chionanthus virginicus
  • Chinese Fringe Tree, Chionanthus retusus
  • Evergreen Dogwood, Cornus angustata
  • Peggy Clark Japanese Apricot, Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clark’
  • Persian Ironwood, Parrotia persica
  • Sasanqua, Camellia sasanqua
  • Silver Bell, Halesia diptera
  • Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum
  • Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica, L indica x fauriei
  • Cherry Laurel, Prunus caroliniana
  • Chinese Pistachio, Pistacia chinensis
  • Deciduous Holly, Ilex decidua
  • Dahoon Holly, Ilex cassine
  • Yaupon Holly – Ilex vomitoria; standard and weeping
  • Deciduous Holly – Ilex verticillata
  • Savannah holly, Ilex opaca x Ilex cassine = Ilex x attenuata
  • Chalk Bark Maple – Acer leucoderma
  • Trident Maple – Acer buergeriaum
  • Southern Sugar Maple (Acer barbatum)
  • Cherry Laurel, Prunus caroliniana
  • Wax Myrtle, Morella cerifera

Dan Gill
Consumer Horticulture Specialist
LSU AgCenter

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