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Monday, June 25, 2007

Five Tall, Narrow Trees

Native trees with a tall, narrow shape


Bald cypress tree, tall and narrow

Bald cypress
Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

These tall trees have a narrow spread and will fit into a small space.

I've noted the maximum height and spread that I found mentioned for each tree in various sources. That size might be attained by a mature tree in optimal conditions. Your tree won't get that big for a while, and it may never get quite that big, through there's an outside chance. Cultivars may be available that will have a narrower spread.

Please note that these trees all require an acidic soil. Also, most of them are susceptible to being blown over by high wind if their branches and/or leaves are heavy with a load of rainwater, ice, or snow.

I've linked the scientific names to a tree description at The Gymnosperm Database. The common names are linked to a tree description on the Virginia Tech Dendrology website.

Here's the list:


Related posts:
Narrow trees for small spaces
Ten Tall-Growing Trees
Five Tall, Narrow, Deciduous Trees

2 comments -- please add yours:

Xris (Flatbush Gardener) said...

Are there any non-conifer examples of tall-growing trees with narrow spread? I will need to plant a tree in my backyard at some point to replace the weedy maples which are growing there.

Genevieve said...

I think that deciduous trees with a narrow spread will be found more in the medium-to-short height ranges. I'll try to look up some of the taller ones for you.

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Print references I frequently consult

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Collingwood, G. H., Warren David Brush, and Devereux Butcher. Knowing Your Trees. Washington: American Forestry Association, 1978.

Dirr, Michael. Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: an Illustrated Encyclopedia. Portland, Or.: Timber, 1997.

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Grimm, William Carey. The Book of Trees;. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole, 1962.

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Martin, Alexander C., Herbert S. Zim, and Arnold L. Nelson. American Wildlife and Plants. New York: McGraw Hill, 1951.

Mitchell, Alan F., and David More. The Trees of North America. New York, NY: Facts On File Publications, 1987.

Randall, Charles E. Enjoying Our Trees. Washington: American Forestry Association, 1969.

Settergren, Carl D., and R. E. McDermott. Trees of Missouri. Columbia: University Extension, 1995.

Sternberg, Guy, and James W. Wilson. Native Trees for North American Landscapes: from the Atlantic to the Rockies. Portland: Timber, 2004.

Wharton, Mary E., and Roger W. Barbour. Trees and Shrubs of Kentucky. Lexington: University of Kentucky, 1973.

Wyman, Donald. Trees for American Gardens. New York: Macmillan, 1965.

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