Small Trees That Grow in Full Sun


Trees, a staple in landscapes, are grown for shade, flowers and fruit or as ornamental features. Small-sized trees are well suited for use in small-sized lots and at entrances. Small trees grow 25 feet or less, and a number of them thrive in full sun.


  • Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) is a small-sized tree with a mature height of about 20 feet. The deciduous foliage is dark green and elliptical. Fringetree is a native of the United States and blooms with fragrant white flowers in early spring. The tree is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 10 and grows well in full sun or partial shade.

Amur Maple

  • Amur maple (Acer ginnala) is a native tree of China and Japan that grows 15 to 20 feet tall. The tree is deciduous and blooms with white, fragrant flowers. Hardy in USDA zones 3 through 6, amur maple has a rounded, mature form. Plant in alkaline, well-drained soil and full sun for best growth.

Corneliancherry Dogwood

  • Coneliancherry dogwood (Cornus mas), an evergreen native of Europe and Asia, adapts to areas of partial or full sun and achieves a height of 20 to 25 feet. Corneliancherry dogwood is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 7 and produces small yellow flowers in spring.

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