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Small tree suggestions for driveway


im planning on re-working/landscaping my driveway this spring and will be putting in a boarder for plants and would like teo or three small trees to plant into here.

The kind of think I’m looking for is something around 1m to 1.5m tall (happier to go a bit taller) with a long base stem and then foliage at the top, kind of shaped like a bag leaf tree. I’ve seen “dwarf trees” on a quick google search but this appears to have a lot of variants.

this is just what I’ve got in mind at the moment but I’m really open to suggestions and anything which is modern and fresh would be great!

really appreciate any suggestions and apologies for the basic description, I’m not too well versed in horticulture I’m afraid.

many thanks! John


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I wonder if you mean standards? These are sometimes known as lollypops because that is the shape they are often grown in, although you can have a long stem and a looser top growth. Bay trees are favourites for growing this way. Try Googling 'Standard trees' and see if that is any help.

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    To help on what you mean, try to post some pictures of trees/shrubs you have seen that you like. I think that can help others narrow down recommendations.

  • Stanard trees look to be exactly what I’m after!! Thank you! reading into it, obviously you get different types. I’d like to get some which aren’t going to grown A huge amount as I don’t want their roots to wreck the boundary wall, pavement or driveway. Also I’d prefer them just to be green rather than bloom various colours, although I can cope with that if I need to. Lastly I’d rather not be covering them with anything in the winter if I can avoid it. Also, cost effective (cheap) would be a bonus! if anyone can suggest some I’d be very grateful! I’ve added some photos below as to what I’m thinking along the lines of visually... the first one pretty much replicates how I’ll be positioning mine. 


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    As you see in your pictures,  they are often grown in containers. The top growth is controlled by clipping. Their ability to survive depends on the type you choose and the conditions where you live. The suppliers should be able to tell you what will suit you and you can have green or blooming as you prefer!

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