The trees that grow the fastest are the Willows trees and Poplar trees, but there are other trees and plants that can be used also. Lots of new Fast-Growers for next season, plus many other changes, so keep this page and the Catalog webpage bookmarked for reference.
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Two of the most exciting fast growing trees are the Ameri- Willow, which has extremely fast growth - up to 8 feet or more in the first year, and the Hybrid Poplar Tree, which is very fast also. We have had reports of Our hybrid willow growing upwards of 15 feet in the first season! Others have told us that some of their hybrid poplars and Lombardys have gained 10 to 12 feet in one year! Very true... super fast growth can happen, BUT, that would be under pretty good growing conditions. Sales-hype aside... fast growth boils down to your growing conditions and climate.
Fast growing shade trees like the Sweetgum, Tulip Tree, American Sycamore, and others, can can be planted over most of the country. The European White Birch and the Quaking Aspen are very popular because of their white trunks and fall golden color, but these can four to six feet or more a year! There are fast growers for the colder wetter zones, trees for the warmer humid climate, and a pretty good selection for all of the regions or zones in between.
In the landscape design, two goals often stand out - fast growth and evergreen. Although worthwhile and desirable, the two are often not attainable without some give and take. That is to say, there are some great fast-growers, but they are typically broadleaf trees which drop their leaves in the fall. The fast growing evergreens, don't grow nearly as fast as the broadleafs, but once they reach the desired size, they are green year-round. Therefore, plant both - the faster growing broadleafs like the Ameri-Willow, poplars, and others, and, some of the faster growing evergreens. The one gives you the instant screening you want, while buying you time for the evergreens to grow to size. Think about it...
Often people want to know "how fast" they will grow, and "how far apart" to plant them. The growth rate really is a complex set of inter-acting factors that are unique to each specific area, but generally are commonly used, and hold fairly constant. The willows and poplars typically grow the fastest, up to 8 feet a year, and some of the others grow anywhere from four to ten feet a year. Do check out the information below...
The spacing between the trees is also generalized, depending on the usage. For privacy screens, windbreaks, noise barriers, and other "green walls", you can plant these as close as five or six feet part. Some trees may be better a little further apart, such as planting Sycamore or Kentucky Coffeetree, but Lombardy Poplar might be planted closer together because of its narrow growth habit.
For shade plantings, or as specimens, these can be planted eight to twelve feet apart, or even wider. The Paulownia and Sycamore are good examples of trees that might be best planted further apart. We can help you select the right trees and a reasonable spacing to use. Consider planting two or more rows... Many people want to combine trees, especially those with different growth rates, so plant extra rows. Offset the rows so the space in between will fill in faster. And of course, the more rows you plant, the faster the barrier will fill in and become effective, such as with shelterbelts and windbreaks.
How and where best to plant fast-growing trees? Many of these trees prefer moist areas, and having enough water greatly improves the growth rate. Some of these trees are great shade trees like Weeping Willow, American Sycamore, and Hybrid Poplar. Others are good for borders, privacy screens, or lines, like the Ameri-Willow, Lombardy Poplar, and others. For added beauty, like fall color, Quaking Aspen and Sweetgum are great choices.
To reclaim old pasture or unused land, turning it back into forest, then plant Hybrid Poplars and other hardwoods. Their fast growth will cover the land and the leaves will quickly build up the nutrient and organic matter in the soil. Whether for reforestation or shade, or green-barriers, there are a number of choices to select from!
Plus... there are other trees that grow fast, these are available as well. The broadleafs like - Quaking Aspen, Northern Catalpa, Black and Honey Locusts, Russian Olive, Dawn Redwood, Sweetgum, Tulip Tree, American Sycamore, Black Cherry, the Elms, and the Paulownia (Empress Tree). Growth rates do vary considerably... largely due to the actual growing conditions, but planted in fairly good areas, these trees are known to grow quickly.
Although there are evergreens that grow fairly quick, the broadleafs are much faster growers overall. The Leyland Cypress is one of the most popular and widely spread evergreens planted for fast growth throughout Zones 6 to 10. Once established, these can grow three to four feet a year. but what the Leyalnd can do... so can the Cryptomeria! Other fast-growing evergreens includes the Hemlock, Western Red Cedar, Coast Redwood in some cases, Eastern White Pine, Scotch Pine, Austrian Pine, the Aleppo and Mondell Pines, Douglas-Fir, and the Norway Spruce. One otehr fast-growing evergreen to note is the Red-Tip Photinia Although a tall shrub, this fast-grower is also popularly planted throughout the warmer zones.
Which tree to plant??? Good question. For a tall evergreen hedge, consider the Cryptomeria, the Cherry Laurel, Waxleaf Privet... Many people have a preference, others just have questions... Here is an idea to consider - Plant a variety for a naturized look, or plant two or more species in groups within a line to make a pattern. For year-round screening, plant a row of faster growing broadleafs and a second row of fast-growing evergreens. You gain the benefit of fast-growth with year-round screening. And if you can, plant several rows. The more rows you plant for a winbreak or privacy screen, the denser or more effective the barrier will become... Just some thoughts to keep in mind...
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