What is the best tall and skinny garden tree?

There are several tall slender trees for the garden

Do you have little space in your garden but would like to plant a tall, slender tree? Well, let me tell you that it won’t be very complicated, since there are several species that develop not very wide trunks, and which are also very beautiful.

We are used to seeing trees that get bigger with time, but when there is not much land available, it is better to look for others that will undoubtedly bring us greater joy.


Selection of tall and slender trees

Choosing a tree for the garden is not easy, since it will depend on the garden itself, the space we have and also our climate. For this reason, we have selected some species that have a tall and thin trunk, so that it is easier for you to make a decision:

Acacia of Constantinople (Albizia julibrissin)

Albizia julibrissin is a deciduous tree

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The Albizia julibrissin It is a shade tree and a small root that reaches 15 meters high and which develops a parasol canopy up to 4 meters wide populated with small green and deciduous leaves. Its trunk, which is thin since it does not exceed 35-40 centimeters in thickness, tends to branch out at a low distance from the ground, but it supports pruning quite well, so you always have the possibility of removing these low branches. . In spring, it produces very showy pink flowers. It resists down to -18ºC.

white poplar (populus alba)

White poplar is common in Europe

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The white poplar is a tall, slender tree that reaches a height of about 30 meters, and which develops a narrow canopy of 2-3 meters. Its leaves are deciduous, green on the upper side and pubescent on the lower side. Its growth rate is fast, this is partly due to the fact that it has a strong root system, which is why it must be planted at a distance of about 10 meters from where we have pipes or soft soils. The trunk is cylindrical and about 35 centimeters thick. Likewise, it is interesting to know that it resists frosts down to -18ºC.

bottle tree (Brachychiton populneus)

The Brachychiton populneus is an evergreen tree

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the Brachychiton populneus It is a fast growing semi-evergreen tree that reaches a height of 10 meters, and which develops a crown about 3 meters wide at maturity. Its leaves are dark green on the upper side and lighter on the lower side. Your awning may be partially devoid of it in winter, especially if the wind blows frequently and the temperatures are low. The trunk is thin; in fact, it does not exceed 30 to 35 centimeters wide and its roots are deep. It is frost resistant down to -5°C.

red maple (Acer red)

The red maple is a tall, slender tree

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The red maple is a deciduous tree that reaches a height of 20 to 30 meters. It develops a straight and thin trunk, which generally does not exceed 40 centimeters in thickness; and a narrow crown about 2 or 3 meters wide. Its leaves are green, although in autumn they turn red before falling. In addition, it resists frost down to -18°C as well as high temperatures (30-35°C) if it has water. But it is important that you know that it should not be planted in alkaline soils because otherwise its leaves will become chlorotic due to lack of iron.

Khaki (Khaki Diospyros)

The persimmon is a tall, slender tree

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The persimmon is a deciduous fruit tree that could not be missing from this list, because in addition to producing delicious fruits in autumn-winter, it is a plant of very high ornamental value: in spring it is full of leaves. green which, when they grow, look like flowers in summer it offers an interesting shade and at the end of the season it flowers; in autumn, its fruits begin to ripen as its leaves turn reddish before falling, and in winter, the fruits look like the tree has orange lanterns hanging from its branches. Besides, reaches up to 30 meters high but it remains thin: it does not exceed 35 centimeters in thickness, and its crown is about 3-4 meters wide. As if that were not enough, it is frost resistant down to -18°C.

purple-leaved plum (Prunus cerasifera var pissardii)

Prunus cerasifera is an ornamental tree

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The purple-leaved plum is a deciduous tree that reaches a height between 6 and 15 meters. It develops a tall, slender trunk, about 12 inches thick, and a rounded crown up to 10 feet wide with purple-red leaves that sprout after the flowers in spring. These flowers are pale pink, about one and a half centimeters, and very, very numerous. In addition, its fruits are edible, with a sweet taste. It is frost resistant down to -12ºC.

Frangipani (red plumeria)

Plumeria rubra is a deciduous shrub or small tree

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The frangipani is an evergreen or deciduous tree (it will depend on the climate: if the temperatures do not drop below 10°C, it is evergreen; otherwise it behaves like a deciduous tree) which reaches a height of about 7 meters, although it can reach 20 meters. Its trunk is thin: it measures about 20 centimeters thick. Its leaves are green, simple and lanceolate, and its crown is about 2 meters wide. During the summer, it produces very fragrant white or pink flowers. Unfortunately, it is not a frost tolerant plant, so it can only be grown outdoors all year round if the climate is tropical or subtropical.

Bitter orange (Citrus x aurantium)

The bitter orange tree is a tall, slender tree

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The bitter orange tree is an evergreen tree that reaches up to 9 meters high, and that it has a crown about 2-3 meters wide. Its trunk is quite thin, only about 20 centimeters thick, and it has a rounded crown made up of green leaves. The flowers are white, 1 centimeter in diameter and fragrant. The fruit is a globular orange, with the skin of this color, and the acid pulp, which is why it is not generally used except for making jams or compotes. It resists down to -4ºC.

Where to plant a tall, slender tree?

Before even deciding which tree to plant in the garden, it is important that we think carefully about where we are going to plant it. There are many that develop wide crowns, so sometimes it won’t be as necessary to know whether their roots are invasive or not, as the diameter that their crown may have. For example, the purple-leaved plum tree is a plant that must be planted at least three meters from the wall and other tree plants, because otherwise what will happen is that its trunk and/or branches will tend to s incline

For him, so that problems do not arise in the future, you must keep this series of things in mind:

  • If its roots are invasive, such as those of ficus, poplar or eucalyptus. Here is a list of species with dangerous roots.
  • The diameter of your cupwhich may be narrow like that of the plum tree, but wide and open like that of the Albizia julibrissin.
  • trunk thicknessbecause there are trees that are thin, like those we have mentioned, but there are others that take up a lot of space over time, like olive trees or oaks.

Trees are planted at the end of winter

Once we know this about the species we would like to plant, we will continue to find the best place for her. This should be where it can grow normally, so it is important that it is not placed near other trees or palms, or near walls.

So, we will make a planting hole big enough for the plant to fit well, we will carefully extract the tree from the pot and insert it. Finally, we will make a tree pit with the remaining earth and we will water it. It should be taken into account that the ideal time for planting trees in the ground is at the end of winter-spring, since this is when they are about to resume their growth.

We hope it has served you.

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