Think of an experience you had walking through the woods. The air was placid and calm, and the only sounds were those of nature. Hear how silent it was. Feel the fresh air massaging your body. Now see how radiantly green the foliage was, how alive it seemed. Now imagine how great it would be if you could bring that feeling right to your backyard. The truth is, you can.
If you start growing trees without guidance, however, it could take you decades to achieves this. There is a solution, however. There are many fast growing trees that will reach beautiful maturity sooner. When you plant these trees instead of the slower kinds, you’ll be heading at top speed towards that gorgeous yard of your dreams. All of these trees will grow well throughout most of the US. If you live much farther north or south, these may not work as well.
Autumn Blaze Maple
This popular tree is easy to care for and tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions. It can thrive in the searing humidity of zone 8, and the nipping cold of zone 3. In the fall you will be in awe as you see its foliage turn a vibrant orange-red. A great shade tree, it grows up to sixty feet tall, with a spread of 30 to 40 feet. If you have a lot of space, this is a fantastic choice.
Royal Empress Tree
This one grows at the pace of a cheetah. At an average of twelve feet per year, you can even cut it down and be amazed at how swiftly it recovers. It can be seen with loads of furry buds in the winter, which quickly turn into bright purple flowers in the spring. It can survive in zones 5 through 11. Another excellent shade tree, it will reach a spread of 30 to 40 feet and 30 to 40 feet of height. You will be pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to take care of. It can thrive in full or partial sun and is tolerable of drought and all kinds of soil conditions. This makes it very flexible to plant.
These trees have a very interesting shape. When the branches grow they shoot up parallel to the trunk, creating more of a column-like shape and less spread. They grow at a nice pace of six feet per year, and make great privacy screens when planted in a row. They’ll reach a great height of 40-60 feet, and are great for saving space as their maximum spread is 10-15 feet. Even more great is their potential for wind-blocking. If you plant them in a row to the north of your property, they could save you quite a bit on your heating costs! They tolerate drought well, and are very adaptable to different soil conditions.
Even if you aren’t just planting trees for their own sake, you can still benefit from fast growing trees. Their presence on your property can significantly raise its value. They are great for making shade, getting closer to nature, and even as wind-blocks.