I just moved into a new apartment in Oakland, Ca and I have a large patio that I want to put trees on that will survive in planters. I am looking for trees that when you buy them are at least 5 feet tall and will get no bigger than 8 feet tall, will provide some shade and privacy and can be left outside all year round and are somewhat low maintenance.
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The following articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/containers/how-to-grow-container-trees.htm