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Growth Rate Per Year

Height In 3 Years

Mature Height

Growing Notes

1.          Royal Empress Tree

Royal Empress Tree
(royal paulownia)

10-15 feet

35-50 feet

40-50 feet

Colorful blossoms with nice fragrance. Desired timber.

2.          Row of Willow Hybrid Trees

Willow Hybrid
(salix hybrid)

6-12 feet

25-40 feet

35-75 feet

The fastest growing willow tree. Doubles as a privacy screen (when planted in rows) and shade tree.

3.          Hybrid Poplar Trees

Hybrid Poplar
(populus deltoides)

8-10 feet

30-40 feet

50-70 feet

One of the most popular shade trees. Used near homes to increase property value.

4.          Lombardy Poplar Tree Row

Lombardy Poplar
(populus nigra ‘Italica’)

8-10 feet

30-40 feet

40-60 feet

Most often planted in rows. Has a tall, narrow and elegant look, much like the Italian Cypress.

5.          Eucalyptus Tree Row

Eucalyptus Tree
(eucalyptus polyanthemos)

6-8 feet

20-30 feet

40 feet

Beautiful bluish-green leaves give off a fragrant scent all year round.

6.          Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow
(salix babylonica)

4-8 feet

15-30 feet

40-50 feet

Thrives in varying soil conditions and environments. It does love to be watered however.

7.          American Sycamore Tree

American Sycamore
(platanus occidentalis)

Up to 6 feet

20-25 feet

70 feet

Large, fast-growing shade tree that takes well to hard pruning. Fruits during the Winter look like Christmas Tree ornaments.

8.          Tulip Poplar Tree

Tulip Poplar
(liriodendron tulipifera)

Up to 6 feet

15-20 feet

Up to 70 feet

Beautiful tree with flower blossoms in the spring and bright yellow leaves in the fall.

9.          Quaking Aspen Trees

Quaking Aspen
(populus temuloides)

Up to 5 feet

15-20 feet

40-50 feet

Interestingly, the Quaking Aspen is the most widely-distributed tree in the United States.

10.        Single Arapaho Crape Myrtle

Arapaho Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia Arapaho)

4-5 feet

15-20 feet

15-25 feet

One of the very few red Crape Myrtles. The Arapaho Crape will bloom from Spring, through Fall.

11.        Muskogee Crape Myrtle Tree in Bloom

Muskogee Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia Arapaho)

4-5 feet

15-20 feet

15-25 feet

Gorgeous lavender flowers will bloom for 4 months out of the year!

12.        Tuscarora Crape Myrtle Tree in Bloom

Tuscarora Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia Tuscarora)

4-5 feet

15-20 feet

15-25 feet

Deep hue of pink blooms. Adapts well to a variety of conditions.

13.        Row of Thuja Green Giants

Thuja Green Giant
(arborvitae Green Giant)

3-5 feet

15-20 feet

20-40 feet

Quickly becoming the most popular landscaping tree for privacy! Our best seller last year!

14.        October Glory Maple Tree width=

October Glory Maple
(acer rubrum ‘October Glory’)

4-5 feet

15-20 feet

15-25 feet

Gorgeous lavender flowers will bloom for 4 months out of the year!

15.        Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Tree in Bloom

Red Rocket Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Rocket’)

4-5 feet

15-20 feet

15-25 feet

Gorgeous lavender flowers will bloom for 4 months out of the year!

16.        Autumn Purple Ash Tree

Autumn Purple Ash
(fraxinus americana)

3-5 feet

15-20 feet

50-70 feet

Grows into a picturesque, full, round tree. Leaves offer bright-colored foliage in the fall.

17.        American Red Maple Tree

American Red Maple
(acer rubrum)

3-5 feet

15-20 feet

40 feet

Summer foliage turns bright red during the summer months.

18.        Cleveland Pear Tree

Cleveland Pear
(pyrus calleryana ‘Cleveland’)

Up to 4 feet

15-20 feet

20-30 feet

Stronger variety of Pear Tree with a nice, symmetrical shape. White blossoms in the Spring.

19.        Leyland Cypress Tree

Leyland Cypress
(cupressocyparis leylandii))

3-4 feet

15-20 feet

60-70 feet

A very popular privacy tree used for screening. Feathery leaves, with a long and slender shape.

20.        River Birch Tree

River Birch
(betula nigra)

3-4 feet

15-20 feet

40-50 feet

Very drought tolerant and insect resistant. However, is slightly sucsceptible to disease.

21.        Dawn Redwood Tree

Dawn Redwood
(metasequoia glyptostroboides)

3-4 feet

15-20 feet

40-50 feet

Loves water. Is often times used on golf courses and developments that are near bodies of water.

22.        Autumn Blaze Maple Tree

Autumn Blaze Maple
(acer x freemanii)

3 feet and up

15-20 feet

40-50 feet

One of the fastest growing maple trees. Its bright red foliage in the fall is a huge hit.

23.        Mimosa Tree

Mimosa Tree
(Albizia julibrissin)

3 feet and up

15-20 feet

25 feet

A long living tree that has gained popularity in recent years.

24.        Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Dynamite Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia indica ‘Dynamite’)

3 feet

10-15 feet

20-30 feet

One of the first red flowering Crape Myrtles. Very easy and carefree to maintain.

25.        Norway Maple Tree

Norway Maple
(acer platanoides)

3 feet

15-20 feet

40-50 feet

A long living tree. Specimens have been known to live up to 150 years old.

26.        Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgo Tree
(ginkgo biloba)

Up to 3 feet

10-15 feet

40-70 feet

Arguably, the oldest species of tree. Beautiful, bright yellow foliage.

27.        Pink Dogwood Tree

Pink Dogwood
(cornus florida)

Up to 3 feet

10-15 feet

15-25 feet

A newer, fast growing Dogwood variety with bright pink blossoms.

28.        Italian Cypress Tree

Italian Cypress
(cupressus sempervirens)

2-3 feet

10-15 feet

40 feet

A narrow, beautifully elegant tree. Adds a touch of class when planted alone, or in a row for privacy.

29.        Cryptomeria Radicans

Cryptomeria Radicans

2-3 feet

10-15 feet

30-40 feet

Often planted where deer are a problem because of its deer resistance. Unique growth pattern.

30.        Natchez Crape Myrtle

Natchez Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’)

2-3 feet

10-15 feet

20-30 feet

Beautiful bunches, but needs full sun in order for the tree to fully bloom 100%.

31.        Pink Velour Crape Myrtle

Pink Velour Crape
(lagerstroemia indica ‘Pink Velour’)

2-3 feet

8-10 feet

8-10 feet

An easy, low maintenance tree that is very drought tolerant. Blooms are light pink and last all summer.

32.        Sawtooth Oak Tree

Sawtooth Oak
(quercus acutissima)

2-3 feet

10-15 feet

40-60 feet

Very adaptable oak tree. Deep green and full foliage appears in the summer.

33.         Elberta Peach Tree

Elberta Peach

2-3 feet

10-15 feet

15 feet

Our most popular and fastest growing peach tree. A double threat!

Fastest Growing Trees

Sometimes in the garden you just need something that will grow fast and give you the result you want quickly, be it a screen for privacy, a wind-break or just something to soften that big blank expanse of grass. So it is great to know that there are plants available that will grow really fast and give you that ‘instant’ garden. Plant breeders have often worked hard to produce special plants that have the maximum possible growth and these plants are available when speed is your priority.

Why You Need Fast-Growing Trees

Perhaps you just moved into a new property. Your new house is perfect, but when you look out the windows you see your neighbours eating breakfast. You might have a busy road right beside you. Perhaps you see power lines and pylons, or a factory in the distance. Maybe you are the kind of person who just likes their privacy or you know that a garden that is enclosed looks better than one that just fades away into the distance. In all these situations you need a screen and plants make a much more effective and cheaper than even a wooden fence. Depending on where you live, simple privacy fencing can easily cost $25 a linear foot even if you install it yourself. Compare that to planting a hedge of 3 foot Thuja Green Giant spaced 4 feet apart for only $10 a linear foot. Those plants have the potential to reach 15 feet tall, making an extraordinary screen, in 4 years – just when that 6 foot fence is starting to look old and unsightly. From there they will just get healthier, denser, taller and more beautiful.

On larger properties there may be serious issues with exposure to winds and winter storms that make planting a garden with interesting plants extremely difficult.  A tall wind-break to the side of your property where the worst weather comes from – often north but local conditions can vary – will create an oasis of calm and allow a much wider variety of plants to flourish. The sooner that wind-break is established, the sooner the rest of the garden can be developed, so choosing something fast-growing is vital.

A Tree Choice Checklist

When looking at the Tree Center site to make your choices, there are some things you need to keep in mind.  Here is the key information you need to choose the best fast-growing tree for your needs.

– What hardiness zone do I live in?
– What is my soil like – clay and often wet, average, or dry and sandy?
– Do I need an evergreen tree or will a tree that loses its leaves in winter work too?
– How long is the space I need to fill, and how much width do I have available?
– How easily can I water my hedge?
– How much clipping do I want to do?
– Do I need the quickest screen available, or can I wait a couple of extra years and so have more choices?

Which Are The Fastest Growing Trees?

Plant breeders have made great bounds in developing fast growing trees. Most of them are the result of crossing two different, but related, species. The offspring are often much more vigorous than their parents, something breeders call Hybrid Vigor. The most dramatic example of this is the Willow Hybrid, probably the fastest tree on roots, growing an amazing 10 feet a year.  That’s right, 10 feet of growth in a single year and that is not just one thin shoot but the whole plant.  In 4 years you will have at least a 30 foot tall screen. Of course it can be trimmed to whatever height you actually need, but you will hardly have planted these trees and your screen will be done. It does lose its leaves in the winter, but the dense twig growth still makes a good wind-break.

Thuja Green Giant is another hybrid rapid grower, very suitable where you need all-year-round privacy, as it does not lose its leaves in the winter. This tough tree can grow 4 feet in a year and it makes an extremely durable hedge that can be trimmed to any height and will always be beautiful. It will also grow well in partial shade, which is another bonus feature to this fabulous plant, which was bred specially for America at the famous National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

It can be common in housing developments to be uncomfortably close to your neighbours and to only have a narrow space to plant into. The Italian Cypress is an excellent choice for a narrow hedge in warmer areas. This plant is rapid growing and  thrives in hot, dry locations. It reaches 40 feet tall and yet is only 4 to 5 feet wide – without any clipping. So you can have a beautiful screen without even needing to buy a hedge trimmer!

If a broad-leaf evergreen is more what you are looking for, consider the Nellie Stevens Holly. It may be a little slow the first year, but after that 3 feet a year is normal and this is a pest-free plant that always looks fantastic. Like the Thuja, it too is happy in some shade.

For a smaller hedge in dramatic colors, consider the Tri Color Willow, which after the first year will easily grow 2 to 3 feet a year. With its dramatic green, red and white foliage, best in spring and early summer, this plant will turn into a 10 foot hedge in 4 or 5 years and can be easily trimmed to a lower height. For a completely different look, very effective screens can be made with some of the ornamental bamboos.  Consider for example, Golden Bamboo, which is hardy all the way into zone 6. This beautiful plant will grow rapidly to 30 feet or more, taking just a few years to achieve at least 20 feet in height. It makes a dense evergreen screen that needs no trimming. It is best positioned by a lawn, where mowing will naturally control its tendency to grow wider.

How to Get the Quickest Growth From Fast Growing Trees

If you are planting fast growing trees you probably want them to grow as fast as possible. The simple work to achieve this result starts at planting time. For a hedge it is always best to dig a trench, rather than individual holes, so that the roots of the plants have softer soil to spread quickly into. Add plenty of organic material such as compost to the soil you remove from the trench. If you don’t have compost, rotted manure is excellent and rotted leaves work well too. Peat moss is also an excellent, weed-free source or organic material that encourages the development of new roots.  Add some superphosphate or granular hedge-food to the soil as well.

The night before you plant your hedge, soak the plants in their pots well. Your trench does not need to be much deeper than the pots, but it should be twice as wide, or even three times as wide if your soil is very poor. Remove the plants from their pots and space the plants out evenly in the trench. Replace most of the soil and firm it down well around the root-balls. Now flood the trench with water and wait for it to completely drain away. All that is left to do is to replace the rest of the soil and firm it down gently.

Make sure you keep your young plants well watered. A trickle-hose threaded among the trunks of your plants is a great way to supply water. Just turn it on for a few hours once a week, or twice a week if you have planted during the middle of summer. Never let the soil beneath your hedge dry out completely. The best approach while the hedge is young is to soak the ground thoroughly once a week from spring to early fall.

For the quickest initial growth, use a liquid or water-soluble hedge fertilizer diluted according to the directions. Apply this every two to four weeks for the first complete growing season. If you planted after early spring, use it the following year too. From then on, use a slow-release hedge fertilizer annually, which is sprinkled over the root area in early spring shortly before the new growth begins.

Long-term care

Clipping is the only job you will need to do regularly with most Fast Growing Trees to keep them to the size you want. Most can be trimmed at any time, but early fall is best for most evergreens and early spring for deciduous trees. Because they grow so fast they may also need clipping during summer or early fall. Don’t trim evergreens during the coldest parts of the winter. Remember that the more you clip, the denser your screen will grow. Don’t clip the sides of bamboos, but the tops can be clipped. Start clipping when the screen is young – don’t wait till it reaches its final size or you will have to cut back into thick wood which in some cases may not send out new shoots. When making a hedge, always keep the top narrower than the bottom, so that the sun can reach right down and keep your Fast Growing Trees green and lush right to the ground. Never let the top get wider than the bottom.

The Tree Center has a wide range of Fast Growing Trees available to suit all needs, be it is hardiness, shade, drought or just simply that you need the fastest growing tree available.

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