After you’ve considered all the other factors, like your climate and soil type, now you just have to take into account how fast your tree will grow. After all, the faster the tree grows, the sooner you can sit back and enjoy its shade and privacy, and beauty.
Here’s a fast-growing trees list of seven trees you could plant in your backyard or on your lot that would also be good choices if you want a substantial amount of shade quickly or are seeking shelter from the hot summer sun.
1) Tulip Poplar
The Tulip Poplar, or Liriodendron tulipifera, is native to North America. The Tulip Poplar grows at a rate of 6 feet per year. This tree boasts beautiful, vibrant spring blooms and can grow up to 70 feet tall, although most specimens reach between 50 and 60 feet tall.
It grows fast and will reach maturity within ten years of planting. When it reaches that point, you can expect a whopping 100 board feet of lumber from every acre of wood. If you need lumber this is your tree!
Tulip poplars are also an important food source for deer and other woodland creatures so if you want to hunt near your home but not too close, plant a few of these beauties.
2) American Sycamore
Native to North America, it’s easy to see why sycamores are often known as the great American tree. The deciduous trees, which grow to an average height of 70 feet and can live up to 800 years, have a unique twisty trunk and grow 6 feet per year.
Their leaves turn shades of orange, yellow, and red before dropping off in autumn. Sycamores are hardy trees that require minimal maintenance. They’re not picky about soil conditions or sunlight exposure; they thrive equally well in urban environments or forests.
3) Red Maple
This fast-growing species of maple is a wonderful addition to any yard. It can reach a height of up to 70 feet and will grow about 3 feet per year, depending on where you live. The tree is native to Canada, but it’s widely used for ornamental landscaping across the United States.
Red Maple trees have beautiful orange and red leaves that will light up your backyard all fall long. They grow best in moist soil that’s full of organic material like decaying leaves and leaf litter. If you’re adding them to your lawn make sure that there’s plenty of organic debris present.
Be careful when planting because they do not enjoy the shade as much as other species do, so place them in an area with plenty of sun exposure.
4) Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree
The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree grows fast and can reach as high as 80 feet tall. It is definitely considered an appropriate shade tree for your backyard.
The eucalyptus provides shelter and food for wildlife, but if you are concerned about possible fire hazards, then you might want to steer clear of planting it due to the flammable aromatic oil they produce.
Rainbow eucalyptus trees grow at a fast rate of 3 – 5 feet per year. It will require moderate watering and well-drained soil, and it thrives in sunny locations.
They can be grown as single trunk trees or multi-trunk trees depending on how much space you have available in your yard. This is one of my favourite fast-growing trees examples because it adds such an amazing pop of colour to any backyard!
It can be planted on its own or with other plants depending on how large your area is that you would like to plant it. As an added bonus, these trees attract butterflies and hummingbirds!
5) Mimosa Tree
Mimosa Trees are fast-growing trees that typically only grow to be about 15 feet tall, but can sometimes get up to 20 feet tall. These trees can grow at a quick 3 feet per year with full sun exposure and moist, rich soil.
When mimosa trees bloom it is truly something special because these flowers are enormous; each flower can reach over 6 inches across and 4 inches high! They have petals that look like yellow lanterns or bags.
The Mimosa Tree is a great choice for anyone looking to add some variety to their yard, as well as for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time growing a fairly tall tree.
6) Autumn Blaze Red Maple Tree
The Autumn Blaze Red Maple is an excellent tree for anyone interested in a fast-growing, ornamental tree. Also known as Acer rubrum, it grows to between 40 and 50 feet tall and 10 to 20 feet wide at maturity. This species grows 3-5 feet per year after it has reached three years of age.
These trees can be found growing wild throughout eastern North America and are considered by many experts to be one of the best firefly trees around due to their rapid growth rate.
A mature tree will display brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow during the autumn months with its leaves that have a crisscross pattern as they emerge from their branches before falling off again by wintertime.
7) Italian Cypress
Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is a fast-growing, evergreen tree that’s suitable for U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9. Native to southern Europe and western Asia, Italian cypress trees can reach heights of 40 feet and diameters of 20 feet after 10 years.
In addition to their rapid growth rate of 2-3 feet per year, Italian cypress trees are known for their rich green colour and unique blue-grey foliage texture. Although it may be a challenge to find mature trees that you can purchase from nurseries or landscape contractors, you might be able to find small specimens at home improvement stores. If not, consider planting seedlings instead.
Italian cypress trees prefer well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter and full sun exposure. They also need plenty of water throughout the spring and summer months but shouldn’t be overwatered because they’re susceptible to root rot if kept too wet for too long.