Some trees take many years to grow, but fast-growing trees can increase their height significantly every year. In ten years, the fastest-growing trees can reach a height of at least 25 feet from 10 feet tall. If you wanna have some shade or privacy for your landscape, a fast-growing tree could be just what you need. On top of that, it’ll quickly add some beautiful foliage to your landscape after being planted.
Here are some trees that can provide shade in your yard, with both moderate and fast growth rates. Take a look and see which one would be a good fit for your space!
#1. Japanese flowering cherry
Japanese flowering cherry trees grow approximately one foot per year. The beautiful white to pink flowers bloom in the spring, then turn into small black fruits during the summer.
#2. Japanese Angelica
Japanese Angelica can reach 12-40 feet tall. However, it is an invasive plant, so make sure to promptly remove the saplings to prevent unwanted growth.
#3. Weeping Willow
Weeping willows grow quickly, gaining over two feet every year. They require a large amount of space, not only due to their height and spread but also because their shallow roots can block sewers and drains.
#4. Honey Locust
Honey locust trees thrive quickly, adding over two feet per year. They need a lot of space in the landscape. They can tolerate drought, wind and different soil types.
Some types of arborvitae can grow up to 70 feet or more at a pace of 3 to 4 feet per year. Though it doesn’t have a broad shade cover, this tall and slim evergreen is often planted in a hedge for shade, or as a barrier against the wind or to provide privacy.
#6. Dawn Redwood
Dawn Redwood gains 2-3 feet each year and has a pyramid shape with a wide, flaring base. The tree prefers full sun and needs consistently moist soil.
#7. Leyland Cypress
This tree grows quickly at a rate of up to three feet per year and is great for creating hedges, screens, and windbreaks. It is a hardy plant which is rarely attacked by pets or diseases.
#8. Empress Tree
A mature empress tree can reach heights of 30-40 feet. It can add 15 feet annually and potentially increase its height by more than 100 feet in 10 years.
#9. Northern Catalpa
This tree can thrive under urban conditions and gives great shade. It grows really quickly, about 1 to 2 feet per year until it reaches a height of 40 to 70 feet.
#10. Northern Red Oak
This native of the Midwest is one of the tallest trees and one of the fastest-growing oaks, growing up to 75 feet at a pace of roughly 2 feet each year. In the fall, its long, densely lobed leaves turn a beautiful scarlet.
#11. Pin Oak
The pin oak is one of the fastest-growing shade trees, growing 2 to 3 feet a year. It can survive heat, air pollution, and damp soils, but it likes a moist, acidic soil that drains well and full sun.
#12. Red Maple Tree
Red maple trees are native to North America and are known for their beautiful red foliage in autumn. They are also fast-growing trees, which can grow between 12-18 inches in height per year.
#13. Silver Maple Tree
This is a large tree that grows 2 feet every year and reaches a height of 50 to 100 feet. At maturity, the grayish-brown bark develops a shaggy appearance.
#14. Tulip Poplar Tree
The height of tulip poplar trees can increase by 12 to 18 inches every year, depending on the cultivar and the environment. They produce yellow, green, and orange flowers in late winter or early spring.
#15. Quaking Aspen Tree
Quaking aspen trees are native to North America and are known for their beautiful yellow foliage in autumn and their leaves that tremble in the wind. They are also fast-growing trees that can provide shade and attract wildlife to your yard.
Fast-growing trees may not be as sturdy as slower-growing trees, and as a result, their limbs may be more prone to breaking. In addition, if you wish to control their size and shape, their growth rate may necessitate more thorough trimming. To find out more about tree care tips and garden landscaping ideas, don’t forget to subscribe to our website.