Top 10 Dwarf Conifers for Small Spaces

Small space gardening is made easy with our list of the top 10 dwarf conifers.

It’s easy to see why conifers are a staple of most backyard landscapes. They provide reliable shelter for birds, offer nice color and year-round structure in the garden and are mostly maintenance-free. Now you can have those same virtues in a smaller package, thanks to newer downsized varieties. While often referred to as “dwarf conifers,” many of these are technically just slow growers. They will eventually get larger in 20 or 30 years, but most stay fairly compact and are classified based on their growth rate and size at 10 years. With the help of conifer expert and author Richard L. Bitner (Timber Press Pocket Guide to Conifers, 2010), we put together this Top 10 list of dwarf conifers, specifically with small space gardening in mind.

Hinoki false cypress

(Chamaecyparis obtusa species, Zones 5 to 8)

If you need a conifer to provide unique form and texture, this is an excellent choice. A native of Japan, considered -sacred in the Shinto religion, it has dark-green fan- or shell-shaped foliage and interesting bark. For a small space, try slow-growing cultivars like Minima (pictured), the golden Nana Aurea and the glossy green Nana Gracilis.

Why we love it: This dwarf conifer is among the best of small conifers. Check a nursery or look online to find a cultivar that meets your needs.

Scroll or click below to see others

Add a Comment

From Our Community

Gardening Pictures Past & Present… Friday 7/25/14

Welcome to our Friday picture thread. Looking forward to lots of beautiful pictures today. Got these zinnia seeds from Charlene. Think she said they are something like lime…
Read more >

Hi everyone! wont be able to be here much for a few days! its my moving wkend!

Can hardly believe it!  I will miss it around here but onto new adventures, new neighbors, new surroundings, of course, new home!  Will work on getting pics posted…
Read more >