Small shade trees are deciduous trees that grow up to 15 feet and that require less than 4 hours of direct sunlight per day (these are medium shade plants). They also require a soil that is moist but well drained.

Before making a final choice on any given tree, always check all its characteristics (especially its hardiness) to ensure it is the right tree for the right place.

Scientific name Common name
Acer ginnala Amur Maple
Acer palmatum Japanese Maple

There are only a few small deciduous trees that do well in the shade. For other alternatives for small spaces, have a look at possiblesmaller shade coniferssmall shade shrubs or small shade evergreens.

Consider visiting our Shade plants page, where you will find general information on growing plants in shady locations.

Have you considered all the options available to you? If not, then have a look at our Landscaping plants page.