Ornamental trees can decorate the garden with colors (e.g. trees with red leaves, golden leaves, palm maple). Trees that decorate the area with flowers are also popular – consider almond or sawn cherry trees. You can give an interesting shape to a plane tree, as well as a Japanese willow. Ornamental dwarf trees are especially recommended for small gardens, as they have a not too spreading crown and are only 2-2.5 m high. Thanks to this, they do not shade the entire garden and home. Even such a small tree makes the garden look more interesting than if only low plants grew in it. Decorative trees should be planted near the front door or around the terrace, in a seating corner, at the border with the neighbor’s plot. Nothing prevents one lonely tree from growing in the middle of the lawn – a small tree, e.g. a birch, maple or apple tree, will look majestic. When choosing decorative trees for your garden, take into account their care and neighborhood requirements. Some varieties are delicate, others can suppress low garden shrubs . Growing in the shade of a lush tree may be easier for e.g. rockery plants, and not for e.g. fuchsia .
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Magnolias are among the most beautiful flowering ornamental trees. We recommend these varieties: Soulange’a Amabilis variety and purple magnolia Nigra variety, whose crown is only 1.5 m in diameter. Magnolia varieties differ in flower colors and flowering time: they can take charming shades of pink, white, ecru or yellow.
Magnolia usually blooms from April to May , but there are also varieties that bloom in March (Magnolia stellata) or as late as June (Magnolia sieboldii).
How to care for magnolia
For the cultivation of this ornamental tree, it is best to choose a quiet, secluded place, sheltered from frosty winds and in a sunny place. The soil should be light and well-drained, covered with pine bark mulch or peat.
Magnolias are ornamental trees that are delicate not only on the outside, but also underground: the roots of these plants are very fragile and very sensitive to damage . You cannot afford an invasion of voles if you dream of a perennial lush magnolia in your garden.
Japanese Hakuro willow
If you are looking for a tree with decorative leaves, pay attention to the willows , which in early spring have charming cats on their twigs hanging down to the ground or growing upwards. When they fade, they delight with the beauty of leaves, not necessarily green. Sometimes they are silvery, and sometimes with a white and pink pattern. Willows like moisture , so they need to be watered frequently. They can also be planted near a pond. Dwarf willow varieties have trunks from 30 cm to one and a half meters high. Japanese willow requires annual pruning to look attractive. Hakuro comes from Japan and grows up to 3 m in height there. It has green, lanceolate and delicate, light green shoots. It is not a popular garden plant, it presents itself as an average ornamental tree without care. But it is worth taking care of.
Japanese willow requirements
Japanese willow likes sun and heat and will not reveal its potential in the shade. It may lose its unique color in underexposed places. It is worth fertilizing it with compound fertilizer or compost. Despite its Asian origin, the Japanese willow Hakuro bravely tolerates cold and frost: its only weak point are the places of its grafting and it is worth covering it with non-woven fabric during the first years of its existence in the garden.
The tree with flaming, bright leaves is the palm maple – it goes well with Japanese-style gardens and also looks good on rockeries. This Japanese ornamental tree with red leaves is an extremely decorative element and very desired by gardeners. The palm maple comes in several varieties and they differ in the color of the leaves. The tree with red leaves (Acer rubrum) looks beautiful against a dark green background, accompanied by conifers and shrubs. It can be found in sunny or slightly shaded places.
How to care for a palm maple
This ornamental tree requires care in the first years of the garden – especially in winter. It is worth covering it with fleece or jute, because it is not a frost-resistant plant. The stains on the maple leaves are also disturbing – they may indicate desiccation, which this plant cannot tolerate, or more serious diseases, e.g. powdery mildew, anthracnosis, paper blotch. A well-kept palm maple can grow up to 5 m in height!