Landscape Ideas: Tall, Narrow Space Plants for Landscaping

Arborvitae ‘Blue Cone’

Thuja occidentalis ‘Blue Cone’ arborvitae, 8′-12’H, 5′-6’W. Bright green foliage has bronzing in the winter. in fall bright blue cones appear which contrast against the green foliage. ‘Blue Cone’ has an oval, almost egg-shape form and dense foliage. ‘Blue Cone’ arborvitae is a good choice as front yard foundation plants, for narrow spaces and small space landscape design.

Kinsey Family Farm Degroots Spire Arborvitae

Arborvitae ‘Degroot’s Spire’

Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’ arborvitae. 20′ tall and 4′ – 5′ wide. ‘Degroot’s Spire’ has an elegant tall, narrow shape and may be planted between closely spaced houses or buildings. Evergreen, dark green foliage takes on reddish tone during winter. Twisted texture on pyramidal form tolerates pruning if you would like a formal, tailored column. A good choice for matched pairs in a landscape design, containers or planted in a row as an attractive columnar screen.

Kinsey Family Farm emerald arborvitae

Arborvitae Emerald

Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’ arborvitae 15′ – 18′ tall and 3′ – 4′ wide. Evergreen tree for spaces in a landscape where you need height but not width. Plant as a front of the house foundation plant, next to a sidewalk, long driveways or walkways. Also looks good in large pots and containers when paired at a front door or entry way or in rows for a stately, formal privacy screen. Tall and narrow, ‘Emerald’ arborvitae features an upright, pyramidal form and dark green, soft needles.

Kinsey Family Farm Holmstrup arborvitae

Arborvitae ‘Holmstrup’

Thuja occidentalis ‘Holmstrup’ Eastern Arborvitae 5′ – 7′ tall and 2′ – 3′ wide. ‘Holmstrup’ is an evergreen bush with densely branched, narrow conical shape and tidy, formal appearance. Effective landscape accent, narrow space living fence, privacy screen plant or windbreak. Has an elegant effect when planted in pairs at a front entry or driveway. May be planted in large pots or containers for front of the house planting.

Arborvitae ‘Polar Gold’

Thuja occidentalis ‘Polar Gold’ arborvitae. 12′-15’H, 4′-7’W. A tall, narrow plant for privacy fences, windbreaks, specimen planting or living fence. ‘Polar Gold’ features golden yellow new growth which will hold throughout the season, then turn dark green the following year.

Kinsey Family Farm Dwarf Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar

Blue Atlas Cedar Dwarf ‘Horstmann’

Cedrus atlantica ‘Horstmann’ Semi Dwarf Blue Atlas Cedar 8′ – 10′ tall and 5′ – 6′ wide. A semi dwarf ceder variety that has densely spaced needles in an icy blue shade. ‘Horstmann’ has an irregular, architectural form which is great as a landscaping focal point. The narrow profile makes it valuable where space is limited. Evergreen tree.

Kinsey Family Farm Cryptomeria Black Dragon

Cryptomeria ‘Black Dragon’

Cryptomeria japonica Japanese Cedar ‘Black Dragon’ 6′ – 8′ tall and 3′ – 4′ wide. Evergreen Conifer. Deep green pyramidal narrow shape great for small space privacy hedge or screens or as a specimen plant. New spring growth is light green, then matures to deep black green in summer. Forms a dense, irregular pyramid. The unusual shape of ‘Black Dragon’ cryptomeria is perfect for Asian, Zen gardens or as a specimen plant.

Kinsey Family Farm Baldcypress Lindsey's Skyward

Baldcypress ‘Lindsey’s Skyward’

Native. Taxodium distichum ‘Lindsey’s Skyward’ 20′ x 6′ Deciduous conifer with a tall, narrow shape. Ideal for small spaces, between homes or along a walkway or driveway. Foliage is rich green and soft to the touch. Branches face upward and are elegantly tiered. adding character to a landscape.

Kinsey Family Farm Mediterranean Italian Cypress

Italian Cypress (Mediterranean)

Cupressus sempervirens Italian Cypress or Mediterranean Cypress 30′ tall and 4′ – 6′ wide. Drought tolerant. Italian cypress is a favorite plant for a formal landscape. With a tall, slender columnar form, Italian cypress has a dark, deep green color which lends a very elegant appearance. The deep green color of the needles can sometimes have a hint of blue. Italian Cypress (Mediterranean Cypress) is a good choice for lining driveways, planting against buildings to add contrast or at entrances. Italian cypress brings an elegant, columnar look when used in a landscape plan. May also be planted in a pot or container.

Kinsey Family Farm Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Tempelhof

Hinoki Cypress Dwarf ‘Tempelhof’

Chamaecyparis obtusa Dwarf Hinoki Cypress ‘Tempelhof’ 8′ – 10′ tall and 4′ wide. Compact form and irregular shape with deep green foliage in broad overlapping whorls. Excellent when planted as a low, informal hedge to add a unique texture to a landscape. ‘Tempelhof’ hinoki false cypress requires little maintenance or pruning. Leaves will change to pale bronze in winter. Drought tolerant ‘Tempelhof’ hinoki is a best pick for rock gardens and containers.

Kinsey Family Farm Slender Hinoki Cypress Gracillis

Hinoki Cypress Slender ‘Gracillis’

Chamaecyparis obtusa Slender Hinoki Cypress ‘Gracillis’ 8′ – 12′ tall and 4′ – 5′ wide. Evergreen tree. Pyramidal form with graceful, open, arching branches. Small needles are dark green with reddish new growth. A good choice for an evergreen shrub for narrow spaces, tall, narrow privacy screens or when used for a landscape background planting. Slender Hinoki Cypress ‘Gracillis’ can also be panted in a rock garden or container.

Kinsey Family Farm False Cypress Soft Serve

False Cypress ‘Soft Serve’

Chamaecyparis pisifera False Cypress ‘Soft Serve’ ‘Dow Whiting’ 6′ – 10′ tall and 5′ – 6′ wide evergreen tree with a graceful, sweeping form. Compact and conical, ‘Soft Serve’ is a medium height great plant for small privacy hedges or borders. Foliage is bright green on the upper side with silvery blue underneath. Branches fall in a graceful arch. ‘Soft Serve’ has a small size for urban and narrow space gardens.

Ginkgo biloba ‘Sky Tower’ ‘Sky Tower’ has a slender, narrow form. 15′-20′ with a 6′-8′ spread.

Kinsey Family Farm Ilex x Liberty Holly

Holly ‘Liberty’

Ilex x ‘Liberty’ 6′ – 8′ tall and wide. Evergreen shrub has dark green, deeply serrated leaves and dense branching. Bright red berries through fall add color to a home landscape. Plant in multiple to make a group or plant as a narrow privacy hedge, or garden backgrounds. “liberty’ keeps the deep color throughout winter months.

Kinsey Family Farm Ilex crenata Sky Pencil Holly

Holly Sky Pencil

Ilex crenata Japanese holly ‘Sky Pencil’ columnar evergreen shrub 6′ – 8′ tall and 2 – 3′ wide. Berries: dark purple. Perfect for small space gardening, ‘Sky Pencil’ has and narrow, columnar form. Foliage is a deep green which holds its color year round and produces dark purple berries in fall. Great as vertical accent, they can be planted near entryways or used as a privacy screen in narrow spaces. When planted a large container ‘Sky Pencil’ creates a formal, elegant appearance with upright habit and column shape.

Juniper Taylor

Juniperus virginiana Taylor Juniper 30′. A tall, narrow tree that grows 3-4′ wide. Taylor Juniper has blue green, semi soft needles and a columnar shape that brings an elegant element to in a landscape design. Taylor Juniper is wonderful as a refined privacy screen, as accents for your front yard, or to bring a dramatic architectural element to your landscape. Evergreen.

Crimson Pointe Flowering Plum

Ornamental Flowering Plum ‘Crimson Pointe’

Prunus x cerasifera ‘Cripoizam’ ‘Crimson Pointe’ 20′ – 25′ tall and 5′ – 6′ wide. Ornamental flowering plum tree. ‘Crimson Pointe’ is perfect for narrow strips beside a sidewalk, front of the house yard tree, to line a driveway side or urban gardens. Foliage is a dramatic deep purple red. For spring ‘Crimson Pointe’ is covered in small, showy white flowers. Due to it’s tall height and narrow width, this is a valuable ornamental flowering tree in a landscape plan.

Kinsey Family Farm Ornamental Flowering Peach Corinthian Pink

Ornamental Flowering Peach ‘Corinthian Pink’

Prunus persica Ornamental Flowering Peach ‘Corinthian Pink’ 20′ – 25′ tall and 10′ – 15′ wide ‘Corinthian Pink’ ornamental flowering peach tree is ideal for narrow spaces since it has a tall, narrow profile. Landscaping uses include planting by a walkway or to line a driveway. Ornamental peach may also be used in a front yard where space is limited. In spring the bare branches of this ornamental Flowering Peach are full of double pink blossoms before leaves emerges. Foliage is colorful and different with a reddish green color and sharply serrated edges. Deciduous tree.

Kinsey Family Farm Columnar Norway Spruce Tree

Norway Spruce Columnar

Picea abies ‘Cupressina’ Columnar Norway Spruce 20′ tall and 6′ wide. Elegant columnar spruce cultivar, lovely when planted as a single specimen tree or as a perimeter planting along the sides of a driveway. makes a formal statement if used in large pots and containers at a front door. Columnar Norway Spruce has a slender, uniform growth habit with dense branching which reaches the ground. Evergreen needles are deep green and slightly curve. Branches are closely set branches. Columnar Norway Spruce is ideal when used as a narrow space windbreak or privacy screen wall.

Kinsey Family Farm Contorted Filbert Red Dragon

Weeping Trees

Another idea to consider is weeping and contorted trees. They may be grown to fit a space and some require less width than others. See: Weeping and Contorted Trees.