Small yards do not mean small choices when it comes to trees!

Manitoba Gardener Magazine - - LOCAL DIRT - By Jan Ped­er­sen

Be­fore con­sid­er­ing what shrubs and peren­ni­als to plant, de­cide on the trees you want first. Trees can elim­i­nate un­pleas­ant views in the neigh­bor­hood such as util­ity boxes, the neigh­bor’s drive­way, etc. If you view your yard from a par­tic­u­lar win­dow(s), make sure that these views (as seen from in­side your home) are also en­hanced by the place­ment of your trees.

Af­ter the trees are planted, the flow of gar­dens can be formed in such a way that the trees be­came the ‘an­chor’ po­si­tion in the beds. Dig the beds far enough away from the tree trunks to ac­com­mo­date any shrubs or peren­ni­als that you may want to choose later.

Trees are one of the stal­warts of any ur­ban prop­erty, large or small. They en­hance our qual­ity of life by bring­ing seren­ity and pri­vacy, as­sist with mod­er­at­ing cli­mate, im­prov­ing air qual­ity, con­serv­ing wa­ter and of­fer­ing wildlife habi­tat. If your own piece of ur­ban land­scape is a small yard you might think your choices are lim­ited. That de­featist at­ti­tude is un­founded, there are a num­ber of de­cid­u­ous tree op­tions for the space-chal­lenged ur­ban home owner.

Shade trees help us to cre­ate a sense of in­ti­macy in the yard, as well as help pro­tect the home from the sun's blind­ing rays and make it eas­ier to open the win­dows and blinds. If the yard is small, though, it can be dif­fi­cult to find a shade tree that doesn't in­ter­fere with power lines, satel­lite dishes and other home essen­tials. For­tu­nately, there are op­tions avail­able.

is grown as ei­ther a small sin­gle trunk or multi-stemmed tree. At­trac­tive, glossy green leaves in sum­mer give way to in­tense fall shades of crim­son-red. The branches have an Asian flavour. (Zone 2)

This small or­na­men­tal tree has bronze-green lobed fo­liage turn­ing a blend of orange, red and yel­low in fall. At ma­tu­rity it is about 20 feet high by 12 feet wide. The grey bark and branch­ing gives it a Ja­panese maple char­ac­ter­is­tic. (Zone 3)

This is quickly be­com­ing one of the most pop­u­lar, sought-af­ter trees in gar­dens! Hot wings is a grace­ful, up­right tree with a bit of a spread­ing habit. Its ma­ture height is about 20 feet. Lit­tle yel­low flow­ers are fol­lowed by bril­liant red sama­ras (seeds) that linger for a good part of the sum­mer! These hot-red

Amur maple Korean maple. Hot Wings maple.

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