Finding the right tree is always a difficult decision. This is particularly true when you’re dealing with a small yard. Because with limited real estate you need to make the best of every single inch of gardening space you have.

A great way to do this is by choosing a narrow tree for your small yard.

Trust me, I know a thing or two about small yards. And just because your yard is small does NOT mean that you don’t have the space for a beautiful tree. I’d argue that in most small yards you may even have space for two or three trees if you choose them wisely.

There are many narrow tree options that will fit into just about any landscape! Here are some of my personal favorites:

  • Goldspire Ginkgo
  • Forever Goldie Arborvitae
  • Crimson Pointe Flowering Plum
  • Tsukasa Silhouette Japanese Maple
  • Japanese Flagpole Flowering Cherry Tree
  • Slender Hinoki Cypress
  • Columnar Sweetgum Slender Silhouette
  • Moonglow, Blue Arrow, Skyrocket and Pencil Point Juniper

Keep reading for more details about each of these unique tight-space trees.

Goldspire Ginkgo

Ginkgo Goldspire Narrow Ornamental Tree

Zones 4-9
Full Sun, Part Sun
14-15′ H x 5-6′ W

The deep green foliage of Ginkgo ‘Goldspire‘ has unmatched beauty. Unharmed by urban smog, the leaves will filter out the pollutants in the air to give you tons of fresh clean air. This narrow Gingko will provide shade and beautiful deep green backdrop for other plants to pop against. In the fall, the leaves of ‘Goldspire’ turn a beautiful shade of golden yellow that demand attention in your autumn garden.

Forever Goldie Arborvitae

Forever Goldie Arborvitae Narrow Evergreen

Zones 3-8
Full Sun
12′ H x 3-4′ W

Forever Goldie’s bright green foliage is tinged with yellow and you’ll love how its foliage turns ‘gold with the cold.’ It’s glowing foliage shines in the summer and is a beacon of brightness in cold, gloomy weather. This well-behaved tree doesn’t shed, so you’ll get maximum visual interest all year round. The arborvitae’s soft foliage and upright, pyramidal stature can also stand alone as a focal point on your property.

Crimson Pointe Flowering Plum

Crimson Pointe Flowering Plum Burgundy Narrow Ornamental

Zones 4-9
Full Sun
20-25′ H x 5-6′ W

‘Crimson Pointe’ Flowering Plum is a dense deciduous tree with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. In early spring, it’s covered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink-white flowers along the branches before the foliage appears. This beautiful, narrow tree has attractive deep purple foliage throughout each season.

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Tsukasa Silhouette Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple Tsukasa Silhouette Narrow Ornamental

Zones 5-9
Part Sun
15-20′ H x 6-7′ W

‘Tsukasa Silhouette’ is the first columnar form of the popular Japanese Maple tree. From an amazing ornamental hedge to a beautiful garden center piece, this narrow tree is incredibly versatile. The foliage is a cheerful lime green in the spring, turning a dark green through the summer, then changing to a brilliant red in the fall.

Japanese Flagpole Flowering Cherry Tree

Japanese Flagpole Flowering Cherry Tree Narrow Ornamental

Zones 5-8
Full Sun, Part Sun
25′ H x 12′ W

‘Flagpole’ Japanese flowering cherry is a narrow, columnar tree is perfect for those with limited space. In April and May, the upright branches are adorned with large, pale pink flowers. Bronze-green foliage turns to mid-green and then bursts into orange and red autumn color. If you have the space for it, ‘Flagpole’ is a stunning, slender option for your small garden bringing dramatic interest in all four seasons.

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Slender Hinoki Cypress

Slender Hinoki Cypress Narrow Evergreen

Zones 4-8
Full Sun
8-12′ H x 4-5′ W

Slender‘ is an open-branched, pyramidal variety of Hinoki Cypress with gracefully arching branchlets. Tiny, deep green needles with reddish new growth have a soft, ferny appearance and develop bronze coloring in winter. ‘Slender’ makes an excellent small, narrow evergreen tree for screening, hedges and background plantings.

Slender Silhouette Columnar Sweetgum

Columnar Sweetgum with Fall Interest

Zones 5-9
Full Sun
60′ H x 5-6′ W

Columnar Sweetgum ‘Slender Silhouette‘ (Liquidambar styraciflua Slender Silhouette) is an incredibly narrow form of Sweetgum that grows quickly to over 60′ tall and barely 6’ wide. This tree will turn heads for years to come. It’s emerald green foliage turns an orange-red hue in the fall.

This tall, thin tree is perfect for tight spaces, small gardens or as a striking vertical accent. Some see American sweetgums as a nuisance for the fruit (a spiky seed-filled ball) that they drop. ‘Slender Silhouette’ produces only a little fruit, and it falls in a small area since the tree is so narrow.

Quick Tip: If you’re loving these narrow tree options, you’ll also like my post about ornamental trees for your small garden.

Blue Juniper Evergreens

I really love junipers, especially because there are so many varieties that will fit into a smaller garden. Here are some of my favorite narrow juniper options:

Moonglow Juniper

Moonglow Juniper Narrow Evergreen Tree

Zones 3-7
Full Sun
20′ H x 8′ W

Moonglow‘ Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Moonglow’) is a compact conifer with attractive gray-green foliage year round. ‘Moonglow’ is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with ornamental scale-like foliage and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. As its name suggests, its gray-green foliage will reflect light under strong moonlight.

Blue Arrow Juniper

Juniper Blue Arrow Narrow Evergreen tree

Zones 4-8
Full Sun-Part Sun
16-20′ H x 2-4′ W

The Blue Arrow Juniper, (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Blue Arrow’) is a sun-loving narrow upright evergreen with powdery blue foliage. They create a beautiful privacy screen without taking up your whole yard. This is a colorful addition to your landscape with its tight, bright blue foliage. If you have a tight corner in a side yard, or a view you want to hide, plant several Blue Arrows to form a tall, narrow privacy screen.

Skyrocket Juniper

Skyrocket Juniper

Zones 4-9
Full Sun
15-20′ H x 2-3′ W

A thin, columnar Juniper, ‘Skyrocket‘ (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’) fits into very difficult places like narrow side yards between homes. Planting multiples of ‘Skyrocket’ creates a fantastic windbreak in both hot and cold climates. It’s vertical form also makes this a great accent plant in a mixed conifer garden.

Pencil Point Juniper

Juniper Pencil Point Evergreen Narrow

Zones 3-8
Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade
6′ H x 1′ W

This small and narrow evergreen has beautiful blue-green foliage that will shimmer in your sunny garden. Topping off at 6 feet tall and just one foot wide, Juniper ‘Pencil Point‘ is a great choice for slender gardens where space is limited. ‘Pencil Point’ makes an excellent screen or small hedge and prefers well-drained soil. Despite its size, this evergreen is a strong, drought-tolerant and cold-hardy option for even the toughest growing conditions.

Quick Tip: If you are looking to plant trees as a privacy screen, be sure to check out my post all about planting privacy trees as a hedge.

Wrapping Up

Just because you have a small yard doesn’t mean that you don’t have space for a tree! As you can see there are dozens of options for narrow trees that will pack quite the punch in your small landscape or tight space.

Remember to choose your slender tree not just because it’s narrow but because it’s unique and deserves a prominent place in your garden. Look for unique features like multi-season interest, beautiful flowers or even colorful foliage and you’ll be on your way to creating a beautiful landscape to enjoy for years to come.

Lastly, you’re planning on planting a new tree, be sure to give it the proper amount water, especially when it’s young. I find the Tree gator (Amazon link) to be an incredible solution to slow-watering my trees so they can grow strong and healthy roots. The tree gator will slow drip the water to your tree over the course of several days to make your watering chores much easier!

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