Dwarf Tree Chic
The hottest plant trends for 2015 are small in stature, but huge in eye appeal. Dwarf trees are officially hip, and they are replacing their bigger counterparts. From knockout blooms to culinary zest, these trees are a must for the gardener who wants to be both cutting edge and practical with space.
Here are five trees that are the talk of the plant world…
Knock Out® Rose Tree
The reigning champ of Rose Trees. This hybrid beauty was developed by horticulturists to be both prolific in flower production and simple to maintain. Blooms can last up to nine months, and it is the only rose tree that is perfect for the container. Fussy it is not. Knockout Rose Trees resist disease (like the dreaded Blackspotthat attacks other roses) and pests. They are not finicky about soils, and they even handle long periods of drought. Do you dread deadheading flowers? Don’t fret. The Knockout Rose Tree is like a self-cleaning plant, shedding spent flowers to make way for new ones. You literally can sit back and watch the tree do all the work.
August Beauty Gardenia Tree
August Beauty Gardenia Tree is not restricted to blooming in the dog days of summer. The fragrant 3 inch double blooms adorn the tree from spring into late fall. While it’s petite, this style of gardenia is tougher than its brethren. It loves the full sun or partial shade, and it resides well in growing zones 7-9. Northern residents never fear. You can move the gardenia inside during the cold months and make your other houseplants look small in comparison. And it’s the perfecttree for cut flower arrangements.
Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree
The Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree is destined to be your patio centerpiece. Unique in looks with a fragrance that fills the air, this tree is also minus the prima donna maintenance typically found with showy plants. Dark green leaves in the spring set into a burgundy hue. Before you know it, bursts of lilac flowers adorn the tree and reside proudly for months. You can plant the tree in almost any soil. Water well, or water lightly, the lilac will adapt. Hate pruning? Well, this tree just needs a simple cutting after bloom season. Spend five minutes pruning to keep its round shape, and you’re done. Plus, if you’re a resident in growing zones 4-7, you can leave the tree out year round.
The Culinary Delights
Yes, citrus lover, you can now grow the Improved Meyer Lemon with relative ease. Forget the acreage needed for groves of citrus. All you need now is a small patio and lots of sun. This prolific grower has been a culinary go-to for many chefs. The tart taste reserved for most lemons is not a characteristic of the Meyer Lemon. The dwarf fruit tree is a cross between a lemon and a Mandarin Orange. Despite the small size, the Meyer Lemon will deliver loads of fruit, and it is even self-pollinating. And, if you really want to show off, you can move the tree inside during the winter and still produce prolific amounts of fruits. Plus, the citrus smell will liven up the living room.
Pomegranate Bonsai Tree
Don’t be scared of the word, bonsai. These artfully sculpted trees from Asia get a bad rap for being too meticulous in care and pruning. While some bonsais deserve the high maintenance label, the Pomegranate Bonsai Tree is easy as they come. And you are rewarded with delicious pomegranates that are high in nutrients and inspire numerous recipes from juices to salad toppings. The difficult wiring of some bonsais is not necessary for this variety. Forget the pruning and say hello to pinching. You simply pinch off new shoots. That’s it. Your small fruits of labor will be rewarded with pomegranates in late summer. It’s even a fall centerpiece with green leaves that turn to bronze as autumn approaches. Once winter hits, move the bonsai inside for a centerpiece display.
Dwarf trees are becoming hip because they offer the space-limited gardener a lot of room for creativity. Whether you’re looking for a flowery display on the patio or delicious fruits for the kitchen, you will find a friend in the dwarf tree. Join the growing legion of plant enthusiasts who follow the “less is more” motto.