Compact Trees & Shrubs

The beauty that trees offer is invaluable. Some people run into the problem of not having enough room for large trees or shrubs. Below you will find some varieties we carry that are appropriate for small spaces. These varieties are actually shrubs that are pruned to resemble trees. Dwarf trees typically do not thrive in Colorado’s fluctuating climate. Pruning shrubs is one option to create a tree form for a small space. Therefore, all of the plants below will need to be pruned regularly to keep their shape.


Tinkerbelle® Lilac

Syringa x bailbelle ‘Tinkerbelle’


Tree form with a rounded upright growth habit. It blooms in late spring. Foundation or hedge planting.

Height/Width: 4 x 6 ft.

Bloom: May (wine red to pink)

Zone: 3

Full sun, requires moderate watering, fragrant, pollinator friendly, good cut flowers, up to 7,500 ft.



European Snowball Viburnum 

Viburnum opulus ’Roseum’


Masses of pure white, snowball-like flower clusters make a showy display. Bright green leaves have a purplish-red fall coloring. Spectacular landscape specimen. Deciduous.

Grows 10-12′ Tall

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Zone 3-8


Mohican Wayfaring Tree

Viburnum lantana ‘Mohican’


Dense globe growing habit. Large leathery leaves dark blue green into winter. Flowers then sets fruit.

Height/Width: 6 x 6ft.

Bloom: May (creamy white)

Fruit: Crimson to black

Fall color: Purple to bronze

Zone 3

Full sun to partial shade, moderate water, attracts butterflies and birds, produces berries, deer resistant, up to 8,000 ft.


Diabalo Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monolo’


Tree form of Ninebark shrub has dark purple, lobed foliage and a trunk with peeling bark.

Height/Width: 10 x 10 ft

Bloom: June

Zone: 3

Full sun to partial shade,  beautiful fall colors, up to 7,000 ft.


Ivory Halo Dogwood

Cornus alba ’Bailhalo’


The Ivory Halo boasts variegated leaves that tend to turn purplish-red during the fall.

Height/Width: 4-6 ft

Bloom: May-June (yellowish-white, inconspicuous)

Fruit: showy

Zone: 3

Full sun to partial shade,  moderate water, attracts butterflies and birds, produces berries.


Summer Wine Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Seward’


Tree form of popular shrub has deeply cut, wine-red foliage. Flakey brown bark on trunk.

Height/Width: 6 x 6 ft.

Bloom: June (pinkish-white)

Zone: 3

Full sun to partial shade, Moderate water, up to 6,500 ft.


Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn

Crataegus crus-galli inermis


Thornless hawthorn with dark green glossy leaves. Nice globe form with good fire blight resistance.

Height/Width: 15-25 x 25-20 ft

Bloom: Late May

Fruit: August

Zone: 3

Full sun, attracts birds, produces berries, up to 8,000 ft.


Purple-leaf Sand Cherry

Prunus x cistena


Blooms in late spring on branches covered in vibrant purple-red foliage all season long.

Height/width: 6-10 x 4-6 ft

Bloom: April-May

Zone: 3


Columnar Apple and Crabapple trees


Upright, compact, narrow growth habit. Ideal tree for containers or small landscape spaces. Blooms in the spring, vibrant fall colors. Plant multiple in a row to create a living fence.

8-10 ft tall, 18-24 inches wide