Ideally, a small to medium-size tree for a courtyard has plenty to offer year-round — spring flowers, summer shade, fall color and attractive branches for winter interest — without needing too much in return. The perfect patio tree also has a slower growth rate to reduce pruning and doesn’t drop messy seeds, blooms or fruit or have aggressive roots that will lift paving.

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