If you have only a small knowledge of trees and only have a few hours to spend pottering around your patio and the thought of employing an expert on a regular basis is not acceptable to your bank balance then you may want to put some thought into which kind of tree would be suited for providing you straightforwardness of growth and low maintenance before buying. The following are low upkeep trees, evergreen or deciduous and without or with fruit that might be good for your garden or patio.
A little upright evergreen with elliptic leaves which will get more chiseled as the tree enters into its mature stages. It can reach 4 – 8 metres in height which may take it somewhere between 20 – 50 years to attain and offers a white flower when in bloom together with foliage which is green and silver/grey.
An evergreen tree which is little and bushy. It has broad elliptical leaves which can reach a length of 15cm. It can reach 8 -12 metres in height during a time span of 20 to 50 years and offers an off white flower when in bloom along with a small black berry fruit.
Cherry ‘Kiku-shidare-zakura ‘
A tiny weeping tree which is deciduous and whose branches arch from its trunk. It can reach 2 – 4 metres ihigh over a period of 20 to 50 years and offers flowers in later spring which are a rich pink in colour. During the spring its foliage is both green and bronze however; by summer will be entirely green.
Coral Bark Maple
This is a small deciduous tree. It'll grow to 6 metres high in a time-frame of 10 to 20 years. It bears leaves on coral red branches in its younger years which are a yellow and pink colour. In the summer they'll turn green and go back to yellow in the autumn. It offers small reddish flowers when in bloom.
Sycamore ‘Brilliantissimum ‘
This is a little deciduous tree with a rounded crown. It can reach 4 to 8 metres high and width. Its leaves will at first open pink colored then change to combine yellow with green before finally changing into a more special dark green with cream mottling. It'll flower in the autumn however; they're infrequently produced in abundance.
Some trees form a framework that's well-branched naturally and as such require no pruning. In fact hard pruning could essentially lead them to spoil. The trees listed above all fall into this category and dependent on which tree only require a light pruning either in early spring or late winter.
Whilst all of these trees can be acquired at a tender age from your local garden centre it can be pleasurable and inexpensive to attempt growing trees from seed or cuttings which can on occasion be tried with all those above. However; patience is required as it can take a few years to cultivate a tree.
You can find details of different types trees on sites like Wikipedia. They have a whole section dedicated to Trees of Britain and Ireland.