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The 5 Fastest Growing Trees You Might Have in Your Yard

Some of the most popular trees around today are fast-growing trees and it can be tricky to know how to identify them

Some of the most popular trees around today are fast growing trees.  Fast growing trees give homeowners the opportunity to realize the benefits of a mature tree sooner. Individuals seem to especially focus on using fast growing shade trees and fast growing hedges in their landscape to reap the benefits of these value added landscape design practices sooner. A solid root system will go a long way in helping trees to grow faster and good annual pruning practices will help maximize the potential of your tree.

Hybrid Poplar – A very fast-growing tree, up to 5 to 8 feet per year.  A versatile tree that can be used as a deciduous screen, shade tree to reduce energy cost, and often planted in rows for firewood.


Weeping Willow – Depending on the cultivar weeping willow trees can grow from 3 to 8 feet per year, making it one of the fastest of the fast growing trees. Salix babylonica will grow 3 feet per year.

Quaking Aspen – This speedy growing tree is a member of the same family as Hybrid Poplar.  It averages 2 to 3 of growth per year and adds value to any landscape because of tremendous fall color.

October Glory Red Maple – The fast growing red maple cultivar has been bred for brilliant fall foliage.  See Julie Walton Shaver growth rate chart and pictures of her October Glory Red Maple tree from 1999 to 2006.

Arborvitae Green Giant – Growing up to 3 feet a year this hybrid is an exceptional landscape tree for use as a screen, hedge, windbreak, or single specimen.

River Birch – Known for its unique bark, fall color, and bird habitat the River Birch is also one of the fastest growing birches. Betula nigra can grow up to 1.5 to 2 feet per year in ideal conditions.

Dawn Redwood – On good sites, its growth is rapid, with a tree in Virginia reaching 120 feet in 30 years or an average of 4 feet per year.

Lelyand Cypress – This rapidly growing evergreen can easily grow 3 feet per year and has a great column shape making it an extremely popular tree in home landscape design.

Paper Birch – This extremely popular fast growing tree has been known to grow at 1.5 to 2 feet per year.

Pin Oak – A large shade tree that quickly reaches its 70 foot height with an average growth rate of 2.5 feet per year.

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