Recommended small/patio trees
Hello, I am having a hard time finding resources on architectural, clean-lined trees that grow between 8-10' tall and several feet in diameter. I often see plants used around entrances, patios, public spaces/walkways in more recent/modern buildings but the general literature for our region seems to be the same old thing with 25-60 tall trees recommended and the varieties I have seen for many years. None of them look like what I am seeing architects and recent designers using. The goal is to use them in a very modern, sculptural way, in a cluster or row. If you have some general recommendations I would appreciate that. I don't mind training them for a few years so that the trunks are cleaner looking or to create a small canopy just above the average person's height. On a more specific note, I am looking to plant a small cluster of columnar trees with the look & feel of a quaking Aspen. A single trunk would be preferred, with a small canopy diameter (6-8'), and on the shorter side overall (10-20'). Do you have any recommendations on how to achieve that or what to look for? It could be a zone tree that is close to ours or requires some training to achieve this. Lastly, is there an evenly textured/dense, round/oval shaped willow shrub that will grow well here? A height of 6'-8'would be ideal. I seem to remember seeing some years ago in Frank's Nursery before it closed. They were beautiful, modern looking and moved nicely in the wind. I would use something of that sort in a row. Thank you!
Hennepin County Minnesota
The following dwarf ornamental trees might serve your purpose:
Dwarf weeping pussy willow—6-8 feet tall and wide
Dwarf Arctic Blue Willow—5 feet tall x 6 feet wide
Tina--6-8 feet tall x 8-10 wide
Royal Gem—5-8 feet tall and wide
Cinderella—8 feet tall x 5 feet wide
PeeGee tree hydrangea (tree form)--8 feet tall and wide
Korean lilac (tree form on standard)—4-5 feet tall and wide
Many other kinds of woody plants grafted to standards may be suitable.
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