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The list of trees can be endless, but these are the ones we like. These are estimates, and your growth rates may vary depending on your specific growing conditions and climate. In general, you may see...
Ameri-Willow - 8 to 15 ft./ yr, and possibly more!
Weeping Willow - 6 to 8 ft./yr
Willows (Other) - 4 to 8 ft./yr.
Quaking Aspen - 4 to 8 ft./yr.
Hybrid Poplar - 6 to 12 ft./yr.
Lombardy Poplar - 6 to 12 ft./yr.
Cottonwoods - 6 to 12 ft./yr.
Sweetgum - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
Russian Olive - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
Thornless Honey Locust - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
Black Locust - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
American Sycamore - 6 to 10 ft./yr.
European White Birch - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
Elms - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
Paulownia - 6 to 15 ft./yr.
Catalpa - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
Black Cherry - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
Black Walnut - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
Kentucky Coffeetree - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
Leyland Cypress - 3 to 6 ft./yr.
Coast Redwood - 2 to 8 ft./yr.
Western Red Cedar - 2 to 3 ft./yr.
Ponderosa Pine - 2 to 3 ft./yr.
Canadian Hemlock - 2 to 4 ft./yr.
Scotch Pine - 2 to 3 ft./yr.
Eastern White Pine - 2 to 3 ft./yr.
Austrian Pine - 2 to 3 ft./yr.
Norway Spruce - 2 to 3 ft./yr.
Mondell Pine - 4 to 6 ft./yr.
Junipers - 1 to 2 ft./yr.
These growth rates are averages, and will vary considerably depending on the growing conditions and climate. Improving the growing conditions, will certainly help increase the overall growth rates. Do read the section on "Making It Grow Faster". Given
fairly good growing conditions, reasonable climate, watered and fertilized, you should have a good shot at getting these growth rates.
How to grow these. Simply stated, these grow best in moist well-drained fertile soils with full sun. Most soils can be alright, but plenty of water and some added fertilizer will improve their growth and survival. If your soils are rocky, heavy
clay, or very sandy, then add compost or other materials mixed into the planting spot. Planting instructions are included with each order, or can be read on the Nursery webpage.
Ameri-Willow - Super fast growth, grows up to 70 feet tall, and good for Zones 4 to 10. Plant in full sun,
non-suckering, versatile as privacy screen, windbreak, or shade
tree. This is our most popular selling tree... because of their super fast growth! Very fast growth with up to 8 feet per year on average, and up to 15 feet in the first year has been documented!
Weeping Willow - Very fast growth, gets up to 60 feet tall, Zones 4 to 10, full sun, likes plenty of water, and makes a beautiful specimen
Coastal Willow - A fast grower, the Swamp or Coastal Willow
grows up to 20 feet tall. Plant in Zones 5-10, where they will get full sun and plenty of water. Massive shrub to small tree form, so plant these for privacy screens, and windbreaks.
(Note - These become available in Spring 2002).
Flame Willow - Fast growing small tree or large shrub, these get up to 20 feet tall in Zones 5 to 10. They prefer
full sun and plenty of water, and great as privacy screens, windbreaks, or as specimens. Plant it where the fall yellow to orange-red color can be seen.
Hybrid Poplar - Very fast growth, growing up to 80 feet tall, and can be planted from Zones 2 to 9. They like full sun, a sterile
non-suckering non-flowering tree, is versatile as screen, fenceline, or good for shade.
Lombardy Poplar - Very fast growth, gets up to 80 feet tall in Zones 2 to 9. They like full sun, hold a very tight
column shape, and great for fencelines or screens where space is limited. These are a long-lived improved hybrid over the older strains.
Kentucky Coffeetree - Very hardy, these grow up to 50 feet tall in Zones 3 to 9. They prefer full sun, and are
good for hot dry areas or poor soil conditions.
Black Cherry - Medium sized tree up to 60 feet tall, white flowers turn into
red to black tart edible berries. Plant these from Zones 3 to 9. They like full sun to part shade, and a moderate amount of moisture. Very fast growing!
Black Walnut - Hardy, grows up to 70 feet tall, good for Zones 4 to 9, in full sun to half shade, shade or
Quaking Aspen - Fast grower, up to 60 feet tall, and can be planted in Zones 2 to 9. Good for full sunnny areas,
where it will get plenty of water. Best known for their beautiful white trunks and fall gold color, they are versatile along driveways and fence lines,
as specimens, or naturalizing for that Rocky Mountain look.
Honey Locust - Very hardy
fast grower, grows up to 40 feet tall, and plantable from Zones 5 to 9. Full sun preferred, with tiny spikes of sweet-smelling yellow flowers, these are great for dry poor soils and hot climates where shade and privacy are desired.
American Sycamore - Fast grower, gets to 80 feet tall, plant these in Zones 4 to 9. Best in full sun with plenty
of water, these can be wide spreading shade tree.
Sweetgum (Liquidamber) - Fast grower, up to 80+ feet tall in Zones 5 to 9, and has a rainbow of fall color.
Versatile as a specimen or plant along a driveway or
European White Birch - Hardy, gets up to 70 feet, and can be planted from Zones 2 to 9. They prefer full sun to
part shade, likes plenty of water, and has that beautiful white trunk. Plant along driveways and
fencelines, in clumps, or mix with in windbreak plantings.
Black Locust- Fast grower, grows to 50
feet tall, and can be planted in Zones 5 to 9. These have stalks of white flowers. Great for dry poor soils and hot climates. Very hardy of the worst growing conditions, yet adds beauty and shade!
Russian Olive - Fast grower, up to 25
feet tall. Plant in Zones 2 to 9. Silvery-gray leaves, often with multiple trunks, these are great for privacy screens or windbreaks where the climate is hot and dry. Very hardy of poor growing conditions, wet or dry, hot or cold.
Northern Catalpa - Fast grower, grows up to
80+ feet, from Zones 4-9. It has medium-size heart-shaped leaves, fragrant white flowers, great for shade, borders, and as specimen. Related to the Paulownia.
Paulownia (Empress Tree) - Hardy, gets up to 60 feet tall, and plant in Zones 5 to 10. Best in full sun and well-drained soil, plant as
shade tree or in lines for timber. Very fast growth with growth of 6 to 10 feet per year as common, and up to 18 feet have been reported in One year! Plant it where the masses of fragrant purple flowers can be seen.
And yes, there are many others like the Eucalyptus, Banyan, Acacias, Knobcone and Digger Pines, and many more, we dont currently grow these or offer them (yet anyways), but the above serves to offer an introduction to the fast-growers more readily
(from us and/or others).
For the Conifers mentioned above, go to the webpage... Conifers
For all of the Trees, go to the Catalog... Catalog
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