Squeeze me in! Trees for tight spaces

Our modern living has us making the most of every bit of landscape space we can. Trees for screening off other properties is in high demand and talking to nursery professionals for recommendations based on size and aspect is a sensible way...

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Our modern living has us making the most of every bit of landscape space we can. Trees for screening off other properties is in high demand and talking to nursery professionals for recommendations based on size and aspect is a sensible way to go. We have some suggestions to get you thinking...

For a residential situation, let's look at the most common scenario. You need to screen off the neighbour’s house but only have a tight 2-3metre depth to work with. The options here include fastigiate forms - trees with an upright form which narrows toward the top - and columnar or column-like forms. Basically trees with either a fastigiate or columnar form allow you to screen effectively (by planting close together for that instant effect) without the need for a deep garden bed.

Evergreen trees for tight spaces
More columnar than fastigiate but great for that Mediterranean look is Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca' or Italian Pencil Pine. This is a signature or specimen conifer that is commonly used as bookmarks to doorway or paths and is also used to line driveway s. Planted closely together they make an elegant screen.

Hakea multilineata is an Australian native growing to 5 metres tall by 2.5metres wide. It is an attractive evergreen with long slender leaves and magnificent pink flowers that hold to the inside of the foliage. So here you get a full and tall tree with brilliant, have-to-see flowering.

Juniperus chinensis 'Spartan' is a conical conifer with an upright growth habit, a dense growth habit with deep green foliage and small fleshy berries. It is great for topiary as it responds well to pruning which makes it a good candidate for a green screen in a confined space.

Thuja plicata fastigiata is a slower-growing conifer with similar attributes to 'Spartan' and is used widely as a hedging or screening tree. Growing 4-6metres tall by a measly 1.5metres wide is especially suitable for narrow gardens.

Another narrow growing small tree for a tight space is Syzygium australe 'Pinnicle'. Growing under 4 metres by 1.5 metres wide it is ideal for hedges and screens with limited room. This variety has glossy deep green foliage which sits tightly together for optimum density.

Deciduous trees for tight spaces
If you would prefer a deciduous tree in a tight space, one specimen to consider is Betula pendula fastigiata. Known commonly as Upright Silver Birch it offers the elegant foliage and bare white limbs, paper-thin bark and attractive serrated leaf we expect to see with Birch, in a more slender form. Growing to approximately 9 metres it is tall and tapered, it is a deciduous option for those looking for autumn colour.

Pyrus calleryana 'Capital' is another one to consider for good autumnal colour. Growing 11 metres by 2 metres wide it makes an excellent screen for the narrow spot. Leaves turn a reddish-purple in autumn and lovely white flowers bloom during spring months.

Liriodendron tulipifera fastigiata is an attractive deciduous tree that requires minimal space due to its fastigiate from. It offers the same beautiful characteristics as straight tulipifera such as big yellowish-green flowers with orange markings and attractive large leaf but in a narrower form. The lime coloured leaves turn a golden-yellow in autumn.

For options a little taller in height but still great for confined space (between 2-4 metres) is Carpinus betulus fastigiata (deciduous), Quercus robur fastigiata (deciduous) and Callitris rhomboidea (evergreen). Both grow to over 12 metres with bushy green foliage that likes to be clipped into shape.

For many more options, please consult our Treefinder application or simply contact us directly.

Planted closely together, this tree makes for a great native screen. Long, slender leaves and brilliant pink flowers add extra appeal. We have 50 litre material already in flower ready to plant.
Another great tree for confined space. It doesn't need a deep garden bed and can be planted close together for instant affect. Great autumn colour and paper-thin white bark. We have numbers in 50, 100 & 200 litre containers. 40cm/27L 50cm/52L
A very popular tree for lining driveways and paths. Offers a full and fat screen when planted close together and looks fabulous multi-planted in a grove. We have ample supply in 50 litre containers, but you need to be quick! 30cm/14L 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L 200L
This is a narrower form of straight Liriodendron tulipifera. It has the same glorious big leaf and yellowish-green flowers but its upright form makes it far more suitable for tight spaces. We have good numbers in 50 litre containers coming on. Talk to us for more information to secure your order. 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L
This tree is such a classic for Mediterranean gardens and is commonly used to line paths and driveways. Planted close together it works really well as a tall screen too, and being an evergreen it does the job year-round. We have great numbers ready to go in 20cm and 50 litre containers. 30cm/14L 40cm/27L

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