Small gardens need slow-growing and small-crowned trees that are not oversized, even when fully grown.
A common misconception is that you can keep a tree small by pruning it appropriately. Every tree has an aspiration to reach its genetically predetermined size. In the case of a fruit tree, the final size is determined by the rootstock.

So, when planting a new tree, one should consider how much space one has available and select the tree/shrub accordingly. Otherwise one is constantly to hold the copse by mutilating cut measures in its borders.


Perhaps it is simply that the space in the front garden is not sufficient for a tree and one better on several shrubs evades, which can then develop in their natural growth.
So if you choose well, then you can save on pruning for many years (fruit trees excluded), and unlike topiary hedges, our shrubs will bloom and bear fruit. Wild shrubs in the garden, be they single specimens or even long, double-rowed hedges, mean food, retreat and hibernation for countless animals. For us, it means beauty and adornment in our garden. And from the fruits we can conjure up delicious, vitamin-rich juices, jams and liqueurs in autumn.

Cornelian cherry

To return to the immense ecological value of wild shrubs: Did you know that the salt willow, black elderberry or mountain ash each feed on over 100 species of insects?
Do you know how many there are in the forsythia, which is represented in every garden, no matter how small?

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