Even though we have 2.5 acres, we have created smaller garden spaces close to the house where we have planted PawPaw, Japanese Maple and Witch Hazel elder that have been successful in our soil.
We've also planted small, short-living, trees such as Crabapple, Walkingstick, and Redbud that are small enough but tend to last 10 years or so.
Many shrubs can also be pruned into small trees to make a hedgerow more interesting. These include Smoketree, Burning Bush, Flowering Almond, Tea Rose Trees, and all the weeping trees (peach, willow, honeylocust),
I can recommend PineRidge Gardens in Arkansas for perusing a catalog of native woody plants. Go to one of MaryAnn's open nursery days and get advice. She knows everything.
Maple trees: Acer negundo ‘Flamingo’ 25 ftAcer palmatum(Japanese maple) 4-25 ft Acer tataricum ginnala(Amur maple) 20 ft
Buckeye (we have these 2 varieties that are thriving - part-shade)Aesculus parviflora 'Bottlebrush buckeye' 5-10 ftAesculus pavia (red buckeye) 10-20 ft Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea(downy serviceberry) 22 ft
Hornbeam Carpinus caroliniana(American hornbean) 25 ft
Redbud (many flower colors to choose from) Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud) 5-20 ft
Smoketree (there are several varieties so look around) Cotinus obovatus(American smoketree) 5-25 ft
Hawthorn (we have 2 for the pollinators and the songbirds) Crataegus spp. (hawthorn) 15-30 ft
Witch Hazel (January flowers in one of our flower beds) Hamamelis virginiana (common witch hazel) 15-22 ft
Crabapple (many sizes and colors) Malusspp. (crabapple), 10-25 ft
Plum & Cherry (we planted natives for fence row habitat under power lines)Prunus cerasifera ‘Newport’ (Newport purple leaf plum) 15 ft Prunus maackii(Manchurian cherry) 22 ftPrunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’ (flowering cherry) 22 ft Prunus virginiana(chokecherry) 15 ft
Pussy Willow Salix discolor(American pussywillow) 15 ft