Small Trees


Shorter trees are required when planted underneath wires or other obstructions. These trees should reach a mature height around 25 feet. The table below lists various trees that should do well in these special circumstances.

Crabapples are a popular choice of tree. Most are planted for the two week show of flowers in May. They can be a problem the rest of the year, especially from disease issues that make the leaves fall all summer and from fruit drop, causing messes underneath them. Listed are various crabapple varieties that should be disease resistant and that hold their apples into winter, where the fruit becomes forage for birds.

Recommended Small Tree Species

Scientific Name Comments Common Name
Centurian Crab Malus 'Centzam' Rose pink flowers with 5/8" fruit
Donald Wyman Crab Malus 'Donald Wyman' 'Pink/white flowers with ½" persistent fruit
Indian Summer Crabapple Malus x 'Indian Summer Rose-pink flowersSimilar to Centurion crab in many respects
Indian Magic Crab Malus 'Indian Magic' Rose pink flowers with ½" fruits
May have attractive fall color
Red Splendor Crab Malus 'Red Splendor' Pink flowers with ½" fruits
Spring Snow Crab Malus 'Spring Snow' White flowers and no fruit
Cardinal Crab Malus x 'Cardinal' 'Cardinal' Purple foliageFlowers red fading to pink
Good fall color
Thunderchild Crab Malus 'Thunderchild' Rose pink flowers with ½" fruits
Purple summer foliage
Very winter hardy
Hot Wings Tatarian Maple
Acer tataricum 'GarAnn' Better than Amur Maple for alkaline soils
Pattern Perfect Tatarian Maple Maple Acer tataricum 'Patdell'
Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis White flowers
Good fall color
Prone to chlorosis in alkaline soils
Crusader Hawthorn Crataegus crus-galli var. 'Cruzam' Very similar to Cockspur Hawthorn
Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance' Reddish fall color
Princess Kay Plum Prunus nigra 'Princess Kay' Double white flowers in May
Pink Flair Sargent Cherry Prunus sargentii
Pink Flair Sargent Cherry Prunus sargentii
Prairie Gem Pear Pyrus ussuriensis 'Mordak' White flowers
No fruit
Very nice tree
Mountain Frost Pear Pyrus ussuriensis 'Bailfrost' Ornamental tree
White flowers
Korean Sun Pear Pyrus faurei 'Westwood' Ornamental tree
Red fall color
Autumn Blaze Callery Pear Pyrus calleryana 'Autumn Blaze' Trial plant for hardiness.
Copper Curls Lilac Tree Syringa pekinensis 'SunDak' NDSU introduction
White flowers
Exfoliating bark
Ivory Silk Tree Lilac Syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk Showy white flowers
Nannyberry (Tree Form) Viburnum lentago Red fall color