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Japanese hornbeam is one of the most elegant small trees for the garden. It forms a low wide spreading mounded-shape with a thin delicate layered branching habit. The bark is smooth and ashy gray. The leaves are very attractive with toothed edges and prominent veins giving a unique accordion like appearance. The fruit is a dry papery catkin that looks like hops. This lovely tree is tolerant of sun or shade and can make a great addition to a woodland setting. 8' tree, zones 4-9, sun/deep sha...
Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) - Of all the small trees in cultivation, this maple stands supreme with gorgeous, peeling cinnamon coloured bark and fiery red and orange autumn colours. The autumn colour and peeling bark gives Acer griseum year round interest and as it is slow growing, makes it an ideal small specimen tree for gardens with limited space.