Fastest Growing Trees for Your Yard

5 Fastest Growing Trees for Your Yard

May 5, 2023

There can be numerous benefits to planting trees. From embellishing your property to cleaning the air, they are an excellent addition to any landscaping. However, some trees take a very long time to grow, and it may take a while to reap the benefits. Choosing tree species with a quicker growth rate may be more ideal.

Fast-growing trees help fill both landscaping plans and empty areas of your yard. Some offer brightly colored foliage and flowers and, within a short while, may offer shade and help you create some privacy on your property.

Fortunately, there are numerous options to solve your ‘tree deficiency.’ Some trees will grow tall quickly, and sometimes it may be hard to keep up. You will want to carefully plan the layout to give each tree ample space to thrive.

The following fast-growing trees could be perfect options to enhance your landscaping within the shortest time possible.

1. River Birch (Betula nigra)

The River birch grows naturally along wetlands such as riverbanks. If you are planting,  they can survive almost anywhere, including poorly drained and dry soil. The native hardwood plant can grow up to 30” per year with a height of 20’ to 30’ after ten years. The river birch has colorful features, typically reddish-brown bark with pinkish hues. During the spring, the foliage displays yellowish catkins, while the bark acquires creamy tints. This tree species will undoubtedly add color to a yard, promoting curb appeal.

2. Leyland Cypress (Xcuprocyparis leylandii)

If privacy is a top priority, the Leyland Cypress could be the perfect fit. Its pyramid shape and dense structure make it ideal for hedges or privacy screens. 

The hybrid evergreen tree grows in various soils and climatic conditions, but they do best in moist, well-drained soils. Leylands can grow up to 40’ – 60’ tall and 15’ – 20’ wide, if not trimmed.

3. Weeping Willow (Salix Babylonica)

The weeping willow, or willow tree, gets its name from the natural trickling of raindrops down its long leaves, often giving an illusion of a crying tree. The tree can grow to an impressive height of about 35’ – 50’ feet within ten years, requires very little maintenance, and flourishes near water. Something to keep in mind is the tree’s root system. Willow tree roots can spread far and shallow to the surface. The roots can be intrusive to other plants, paved surfaces, water lines, etc. Make sure to give your willow tree the proper amount of space.

4. Tulip Tree (liriodendron tulipifera)

Also known as the tulip poplar, the tulip tree is a great ornamental piece if you are looking for color. The deciduous tree has a distinctive conical shape and is popular for its spectacular blooms of orange and yellow tulip-shaped flowers.

With a growth rate of about 35” per year, this tree can attain a height of 40’ after ten years.

The tulip tree can take to most good soils but performs best in well-drained, slightly acidic soils. They also appreciate full sun and can do relatively well during drought.

5. Eucalyptus

While there are over 700 species of Eucalyptus, they all experience fairly vigorous growth under the right conditions. Eucalyptus trees prefer well-drained soils that have a neutral to acidic pH. This can help promote growth up to 24” per year. Eucalyptus tends to be popular due to their fresh and soothing aromatic leaves and low maintenance. Pruning is not necessary, but you can trim and shape to fit just about any space.

While fast-growing trees are great for your landscape, the initial stages of growth may require more attention to ensure healthy tree transformation. It can be very helpful to seek services from tree care professionals.  At Patrick Musser Tree Services, our experts can assist with tree selection for your residential or commercial space as well as long-term maintenance. Request a quote today!

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