​​Fast Growing Trees

Posted by Tammy Sons on Dec 13, 2015

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Empress trees are fast-growing trees that are ornamental and can add beauty to your landscape without taking forever to grow. They do well in acidic soil and dry soil, as well as in rocky soil areas. They will grow along stream banks and steeply sloped areas. Empress trees can grow up to 60 feet tall and become 50 feet wide. The leaves are heart-shaped and can grow up to 2 feet in length. During the spring months, these trees produce clusters of leaves that are violet-colored and quite lovely. 

They prefer to be planted in full sun, and you should plant the roots deeply. The roots reach deep into the soil in search of water. They will do well in shady areas, but they can be messy because they drop flowers and seed casings, so keep this in mind when you plant them. The hardiness zone for these trees is 5b through 9. During the first year of growth, they grow slowly. But, after the second year, they can be expected to grow from 2 to 3 feet a year. 

Red Maple trees are another excellent choice for fast-growing trees that can add much beauty to your landscape. They will grow in hardiness zones 3 through 9 and are deciduous trees. That means that they will lose their leaves in the fall and then regrow them during the spring. 

The growth of Red Maple trees ranges from moderate to rapid growth rates. They prefer bright sunlight to part shade; These trees grow well in several types of soil. They will grow in sandy loam to clay soils. However, the better the soil, then the better it will grow. This lovely tree reaches from 40 feet to 60 feet tall and from 25 to 45 feet wide. The leaves have 3 to 5 lobes and grow from 2 to 5 inches. 

The fall colors usually range from orange to red, and during late winter, they produce small clusters of red and look like beautiful flowers during the drab winter months. These trees are usually the first trees in the fall to show off fall colors. Unlike the Empress, these trees can tolerate some shade. These trees will significantly enhance any landscape.

Hybrid Poplar trees are another fast-growing tree that can add beauty to your landscape. These trees are quickly grown and are lovely additions if you need to add privacy or shade to your landscape fast. They sometimes grow 8 feet tall a year. Hybrid Poplar trees are lovely to add screens or hedges to your yard. 

Until they are well established, it is advised that you keep them well-watered. But, once they become established, they are straightforward to grow. The hardiness zone for this tree is from 3 through 9, and they prefer well-drained, moist soil. They prefer full to partial sun and can grow up to 70 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Therefore they make lovely shade trees. 

Red maple happens to be my favorite. Redbud trees are also an overlooked fast-growing tree variety.