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Please recommend a small/miniature tree

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Bear2014 Mon 16-May-16 14:24:32

Hello, we have recently moved into a house with a garden and know nothing about plants/gardening at all. In one corner there is a small Japanese Acer tree next to a load of weeds so the plan is to de-weed then put something nice next to the Acer. what would compliment well and be easy to look after? Thanks!

Unremarkable Tue 17-May-16 12:02:35

How about a Daphne? It has gorgeous smelling flowers in the spring and is mainly evergreen. It can be grown in full shade and doesn't mind root-competition. It's slow growing and won't want pruning. They come in various sizes but there are lots that reach about 1m high.

shovetheholly Tue 17-May-16 12:07:01

How large is a space? The thing with acers is that they often are quite structurally striking - so you might not want anything large too close to it. How about some lower level companion planting like variegated hakonechloa grass?

Bear2014 Tue 17-May-16 12:46:06

Thank you for your suggestions, I will Google. It's about 4 feet across so not a huge space. We don't want to crowd the acer as it's definitely the nicest thing in the garden.

everywhichway Tue 17-May-16 17:43:05

You could go for a dwarf conifer or two if you want to extend the Japanese theme.

Ditsy4 Tue 17-May-16 19:33:09

Have you got children as Daphne is poisonous? Cheal'ssweeping cherry.
Japanese azaleas go well.

funnyperson Tue 17-May-16 20:30:22


Bear2014 Wed 18-May-16 09:38:14

Thank you everyone - love the look of the azalea, think we'll have a look this weekend. Yes we have a 2 year old so probably best steer clear of the Daphne.

everywhichway Wed 18-May-16 17:29:44

You'll need a fairly acid soil to grow azaleas successfully in the ground (you can get a soil testing kit very cheaply if you don't know whether yours is). Otherwise you can grow them in ericaceous compost in a container.

Bolshybookworm Thu 19-May-16 15:25:19

I love fothergilla, they're small, slow growing and have lovely autumn foliage. They do prefer acidic soil though. Tree peony might go nicely with an average- they're also fairly slow growing.

Bolshybookworm Thu 19-May-16 15:25:32


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