9 Best Patio Trees to Give Life to your Outdoor Space

patio tree

Looking for the best patio trees to give life to your patio? Basically you want small trees that don’t get too tall and yet have thick carpets of leaves on their branches. Trees ideal for a patio need two requirements. First is that whatever trees you choose need to be manageable and small enough so they don’t interfere with your house. The next factor to consider is how much shade the trees provide for you and your guests sitting outdoors during the summer. Here are some of the best patio trees to enjoy as you sit outside and enjoy nature in your own backyard.

Japanese Maple

japanese maple patio tree

Japanese maple is one of the best patio trees that you can have in your house. These trees are hardy and have brilliant red leaves in the fall when they shed their plumage. There are over 400 different varieties from which to choose, but you will want a tree that maxes out at around thirty feet tall.

Wide leaves and lightweight branches make it an ideal choice for patios. Their wonderful colored leaves in the fall make Japanese maples beautiful even in dormancy. Generally, Japanese maple trees are good for Hardiness Zones five through 8.

Eastern Redbud

eastern redbud

The eastern redbud tree has lovely red and pink buds and large, heart shaped leaves. Branches ascend from the trunk so any interference with any nearby structures will be minimal. Native to the eastern United States, they grow to about twenty feet high and thirty feet wide.

If you plant a redbud closer to the house you may have to prune some branches as it spreads. If you can plant it ten to fifteen feet away from the house it should be fine as the longest branches will come close. The redbud is good for Zones four through nine.

Grape Myrtle

grape myrtle tree

A grape myrtle tree is one of the smaller varieties of myrtle and grows to about thirty feet and almost acts like a bush. Brilliant pink blooms in summer make the tree even thicker than the leaves already on it and provide a splash of color while you cool off in the shade.

Myrtle trees do better in warmer climates such as Hardiness Zone 7 through 9. You may need to prune some of the branches if they get too close to the house when the tree spreads out so plant it far enough away.


white dogwood tree

Dogwood trees are excellent trees to have around your patio for any season. They grow to twenty to thirty feet tall and have color in the spring with their flowers and summer with their berries. The fall brings red leaves that carpet your patio.

Dogwoods thrive all over the United States in Hardiness Zones two through eight depending upon what species you get. Add some color all season long with a flowering dogwood and you won’t be disappointed.


flowering hawthorne tree

Hawthorne-trees grow up to twenty feet high and have thick leaves and many branches that grow upwards like a bush or shrub. Hawthorne is a great tree to have for a border or thick growth to entirely block the sun on one side of your patio.

Berries will also be prominent on the plant after the flowers are done and you will have season-long enjoyment of this tree. Hawthorne trees grow rapidly and exist in many different Hardiness Zones in North America.

Patio Rose Trees

patio rose tree

This type of rose tree has a sturdy, thick 20 inch stem. Regular rose trees have weak stems that require staking. This rose tree can be planted in a tub or planted in the ground. This type of rose tree needs plenty of sun, and needs to be well drained. This tree will grow up to 36 inches, and has multi-colored roses.

Daisy Trees

daisy tree

It produces flowers resembling a daisy throughout the year. You can move this plant indoors in the winter months. The daisy tree requires partial to full sun, and needs to be kept out of areas that are too hot. Keep the soil moist in the summer. Prune the daisy tree after it produces flowers to keep a uniform shape. This tree is hardy to 40 degrees, and is available in white or yellow.

Miniature Peach Garden Tree

jade peach tree

This tree grows large, delicious freestone peaches. This patio tree requires no special pruning or pampering. It is ideal planted in a container on a patio, but it will also thrive in an ordinary, sunny garden soil. This tree is hardy wherever peach trees grow.

Lucy Rose of Sharon

lucy rose of sharon

This tree blooms in mass from mid-July through the Autumn frost. This tree needs full to partial sun, and needs moist well drained soil. After this patio tree has six to eight inches of flush spring growth, you can shear the new growth halfway back.

Small trees on patios or decks can provide shade for your family as well as natural focal points it also adds frame views, bear fruit and most importantly privacy. To find the best patio trees consider the trees’ mature width and height, is the trees roots tend to lift up or crack the pavement? Will you plant it on a container or in the ground? Location where should you plant it. This is important as to not able to obstruct power lines or damage your neighbors house as the tree grows.

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