Ornamental Trees

Grafted ornamental trees can be used in areas where you don’t have the space for a shade tree. They are trees that are created by grafting a shrub on top of another rootstock, creating new characteristics, such as a weeping form. The stem height of the tree cannot change, but the diameter of the tree trunk can increase with age. The head of the tree can grow taller. Upright growers may reach approximately 8-12’ tall. With weeping varieties, the branches will cascade to the ground, unless pruned to expose the main trunk. Their branches will continue to arch on top of one another and will grow, on average, another 2’ higher, depending on the variety.

Upright varieties – Lilac Standard, Rose of Sharon, Purpleleaf Sandcherry, Dwarf Burning Bush Standard, Euonymus, Dappled Willow, Ninebark, Weigela, Hydrangea, Globe Blue Spruce…

Weeping varieties – Weeping Caragana, Weeping Mulberry, Weeping Japanese Cherry, Weeping Pussy Willow…

Grafted ornamental trees can be used as a secondary focal point when other large trees are present. They are often used near entries or patio / deck areas. They can also be used on the corners of buildings to help soften the hard edges of the architectural structure. Many of these trees will have beautiful flowers, some which may be fragrant in the case of the Lilacs or Korean Spice Viburnum. Others may have striking foliage colours to contrast against all the greens in your landscape. Still, others may have interesting textures, as in the finely cut leaves of the Walker’s Cutleaf Caragana.