Posted: 23/05/2013 at 20:34
Some pointers to help you choose:
A tree that is fast growing won't conveniently stop growing at 2 metres. It will need regular pruning, which defeats the object of choosing a tree, as its natural shape will be lost. Better to think of getting a shrub like an elaeagnus, such as a variegated variety. They trend to grow to 2 metres and spread as much. They can be pruned. you could choose a magnolia such as stellata, lovely but slow growing.
A Japanese Acer wont like full sun and wind. Both will disfigure the leaves. And a Japanese Acer will be slow growing.