Planting Small Tree Urban Setting

Asked October 18, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

We removed an overgrown maple tree in our backyard in Hillsboro and want to plant another tree in that location. The desired tree would have nice foliage, be on the smaller side. We have clay soil. Could another maple grow well in the same location?

Washington County Oregon

1 Response

Hi There,

You have a few options available to you, depending upon how small you would like the tree to be. Vine maple and amur maple are two options. Kousa dogwood is another option.

You can view a photo of Kousa dogwood in the fall, here:

All should do well in clay soil, if you dig a proper hole and do proper planting prep. These steps are outlined in the OSU Extension Publication 'Selecting, Planting and Caring for a New Tree'.

Also included in this publication is a list of trees well-suited to particular sites, or for particular purposes (including fall foliage).

Good luck!