Trees: growing in containers

Growing trees in containers is ideal for small gardens or where space is limited, such as on a patio or terrace. They can bring height, fruit, bark and autumn colour into these small spaces.

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Planting an Acer tree in a container

Quick facts

Our top six trees for containers:
Japanese maple
Olive
Bay tree
Pinus pumila ‘Glauca’
Sophora microphylla
Apple or pear grown as a fan, espalier or cordon

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