52 Fast Growing Trees for Privacy and Shade : The Ultimate Guide

fast growing trees

Introduction

Adding trees to your yard can add privacy, shade and beauty to any landscape. This day and age not many people have the time or patience to wait 10 years for their new tree to reach maturity. That’s where fast growing trees come in. Some species are engineered to grow pretty much to maturity in just a couple of years and depending on which one you choose, it could be less. I’ve compiled a list of 52 of the fastest growing trees you can find for your yard. I didn’t just choose them for speed, but also for their beauty and functionality for homeowners that want shade or need privacy for their homes.

 

In this guide I take you through the top fast growing trees for shade, screening & privacy, flowering and the fast trees to avoid. Let’s get started!

 

Table of Contents

Fast Growing Shade Trees
Screening and Privacy Trees
Flowering Trees
Trees To Avoid

 

Fast Growing Shade Trees

 

Wanting a fast growing tree comes with some drawbacks. Yes, you can get beautiful shade trees at a faster rate but the same things that makes the trees grow so fast can make them more susceptible to pests or weaker than other slower growing trees.

 

Certain breeds have weak wood or surface roots that spread in every direction while other breeds grow at such a speedy rate that some states consider them as bad some weeds. We’ll go through each of these trees so you will pick one that fits your particular needs.

 

We will start with what we think is the fastest growing shade tree…

 

Royal Empress Tree

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Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 30-40 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 12 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Paulownia elongata

 

This tree is the fast growing shade tree out there, period. It can get up to 15ft the first year of planting. It’s a beautiful flowering tree that has furry buds in the winter and big purple/violet blooms during spring. That alone will make your landscape much more amazing but the fragrance this tree has will be spectacular. Think of jasmine + gardenia… yum!

 

It can grow in a good number of zones, has big leaves to block the sun in summer and no significant pest or disease problems.

 

Hybrid Poplar

hybrid poplar

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Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 30 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 8-10 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Populus

One of the fastest growing shade trees in the country, Hybrid Poplars can grow up to 5-7 feet per year. Some sites have called these trees the thoroughbreds of the tree world and for good reason. Some features of the Hybrid Poplar is that they are cotton-less and can be a sustainable source of firewood. That can be a big plus for customers who like to spend their time outdoors gathering timber for their fireplace.

 

One thing I would caution people to be aware of is where they choose to plant these trees… Sometimes there can be occasional limb breakage so that could affect your home or parked cars so plan accordingly.

 

Nuttall Oak

nuttall oak

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Mature Height: 60-80 ft.
Mature Width: 45 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 40 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Botanical Name: Quercus nuttallii

Oak trees are a staple when it comes to looking for a good shade tree and the Nuttall Oak is a prime example. This tree has gotten popular over the last few years because combines all of the good attributes of oak trees with almost none of the weaknesses.

 

It can grow in different soils, even wet or alkaline soils. There aren’t any surface roots and its not an invasive tree like some that can affect water lines.

 

Another tremendous but sometimes overlooked attribute of this tree is its beautiful fall colors. These lobed leaves turn a bright red color in late fall and adds amazing color to any landscape.

 

Northern Catalpa

northern catalpa

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Mature Height: 40-60 ft.
Mature Width: 20-40 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 8-10 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Tolerant
Botanical Name: Catalpa speciosa

This tree is not really for the lazy planter because it will demand a lot of your attention. Some of its best attributes include white, showed flowers, seed pods that look like beans and big flowers shaped like Valentine’s Day hearts. It really is a beautiful tree.

A drawback of this tree is that it’s not suitable for every location so you’ll have to check our growing zone map to see if your location makes the cut.

Like all the trees on this list, it’s a fast grower and is an extremely hardy tree. It gets lots of visits by hummingbirds which is one of the reasons kids love it. Just be careful of where you plant it because the fruit it yields can be slippery when they fall on pavement or sidewalks.

 

Autumn Blaze Red Maple

autumn red

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Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 30-40 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 10-15 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Blaze’

 

This tree is often planted by the numerous municipalities in cities across the country. Once you see it you’ll know why. Some of its best attributes include beautiful red color of the leaves and its also disease and insect resistant.

 

Its truly a “set it and forget it” tree. Plainly speaking, these trees don’t leave a lot of mess such as seed pods or lots of leaves everywhere. Its extremely low maintenance and it will grow 3-5 feet per year.If you’re looking for a fast growing tree without the a lot of work and hassle, choose this one.

 

Weeping Willow

Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 35 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 20-25 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Fair
Botanical Name: Salix babylonica

 

Named for its “falling canopy”, the weeping willow tree is a site to behold. Its long been a favorite among tree lovers because of its weeping shape. It adds an element to any landscape that’s dramatic and not often seen.

 

The Weeping Willow can grow about 6-8 feet per year and they can grow just about anywhere. Most often they’re seen near rivers or other bodies of water but that’s not a necessity seeing as they do have some drought tolerance.

 

The willow is also functional when it comes to standing water. If you have any problem spots like this just plant your weeping willow there and watch your standing water problem disappear!

 

This is a beautiful and graceful tree that will leave virtually no cleanup for you during the fall. It doesn’t get much better than that.

 

White Paper Birch

Mature Height: 50-70 ft.
Mature Width: 35 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 4-6 ft.
Growth Rate: 1-2 ft.
Botanical Name: Betula papyrifera

 

Beautiful white trunk, big green leaves and speedy growth are just some of the reasons people love the White Paper Birch. This tree is quickly becoming one of our favorite shade trees of all time.

 

Its 4” leaves give plenty of shade during the summer months to help keep your A/C bill down. And as an added bonus, you get bright yellow flowers that make the white and greens of the rest of the tree “pop”! Seeing one of these trees in the front yard would be the highlight of everyday.

 

These trees are also perfect for animal lovers. The sap of the tree attracts woodpeckers and hummingbirds. Plus, if you’re in an area where you have other wildlife, like moose or deer, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see those little guy enjoying the leaves of your tree. This is truly a tree for the outdoors lover.

 

American Sycamore

American Sycamore

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Mature Height: 70 ft.
Mature Width: 50 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 40-50 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Platanus occidentalis

One of the most popular trees in the country for its fast growth and shade producing canopy, the American Sycamore makes our list next.

 

Leaves that start out big and green will quickly turn to the color of gold in the fall. Shortly after they begin to drop off cleanup is not too much of a hassle because of the size of the leaves which are some of the biggest we’ve seen.

 

Its also high on our scale of ease of growth. It doesn’t take a tremendous amount of expertise to get these guys to grow how you want. They can adapt to most soils and can survive in warm or cooler climates. Plus, as an added bonus, they develop a white bark in the winter, similar to that of the white paper Birch from above, to add additional beauty to your yard. Learning that I’m sure you can see what makes the American Sycamore so popular.

 

Windmill Palm Tree

windmill palm

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Mature Height: 25-30 ft.
Mature Width: 6-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 6-10 ft.
Growth Rate: Slow
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Trachycarpus fortunei

If you’re looking for an easy to care for and easy to grow palm tree, the Windmill Palm Tree might be just what you’re looking for. Most palm trees grow best in tropical landscapes but the windmill is the exception to that rule. Called a cold hardy palm, this tree can survive and thrive in slightly harsher climates.

 

With an amazing stature, the Windmill Palm has gorgeous fan like fronds that form a beautiful green foliage that grows on top of the trunk. It also has the typical finger like leaves and brown trunk that we love about palm trees. Adding to that, it has a burlap texture to the trunk that gives it an aged and distinguished look.

 

Being highly pollution resistant, there are a myriad of opportunities to use this gorgeous tree. Whether in a pot on your porch or the sidewalk by the tree, you can’t go wrong with this palm.

 

Eucalyptus Tree

Eucalyptus

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Mature Height: 40 ft.
Mature Width: 10-12 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 8-10 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus cinerea

Our next tree is one of the fastest growers and most aromatic and fragrant eucalyptus tree that we’ve come across. A lot of other iterations of this tree have a very faint smell or virtually no smell at all.

 

Remember the bowls of potpourri that were in every household? This flowers are big staples of those and other fragrant arrangements. The smell is so pleasing that lots of the owners rave about stepping outside just to get a whiff. They’re that amazing.

 

Another big plus about this tree is that its a popular choice for home health remedies. Its leaves are used for different respiratory problems as well as issues related to your skin. If you love being outdoors, and I’m sure you do since you’re reading this site, this eucalyptus tree can be used to naturally repel ticks and mosquitoes. Its a great alternative to store bought repellents or Deet.

 

Cleveland Pear Tree

Mature Height: 30-40 ft.
Mature Width: 15-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 15-20 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Pyrus calleryana ‘Cleveland Select’

 

If you’re not one for pruning your tree on a consistent basis you should really look into the Cleveland Pear. It stays perfectly uniform, is great for front yards and grows in perfectly symmetrical shape.

 

This is an extremely hardy pear tree and during those spring months you’ll enjoy a beautiful eruption of gorgeous white flowers! And unlike some trees who’s flowers will drop off seemingly overnight, these are long lasting.

 

Plus, since we’re talking about fast growing trees, the Cleveland Pear is one of the fastest. It can shoot up to 30-40 ft in a short amount of time, which is perfect for a medium sized yard. It also goes through a wonderful change in the fall. The beautiful summer green color of the leaves will change to an amazing scarlet red after summer time which can really make any yard stand out.

 

In our opinion, this is one of the best flowering pear trees out there today.

 

Yoshino Cherry

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.
Mature Width: 10-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 10-20 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Prunus x yedoensis

The Yoshino Cherry tree is one of the most popular flowering cherry trees on the market. If you see one you’ll recognize it by its alluring white blossoms. They look so soft and delicate that its a must have for any homeowner that has an eye for ornamentals and desire a tree with not much maintenance. It can adapt to a number of soil types and its very drought resistant.

 

Those attributes, as well as its beauty, is why lots of people choose these trees to line their driveways and highlight any outside entertaining areas. Not to mention our nations capital plants these trees all around the city and is one of the stars of their annual Cherry Blossom Festival!

 

When planted in a row you get a graceful line of stunning white flowers that can add beauty to any home. You can’t go wrong if you choose what some call the best flowering tree money can buy.

Fast Growing Trees For Screening and Privacy

 

Everyone needs a little privacy in their home. Some of us have nosy neighbors while others are just trying to keep the wonders of our yard to ourselves. Whichever category you fall into, I have the solution for you and its privacy trees.

 

These are the large and full leaved trees that we see surrounding the biggest homes and protecting those folks from extreme weather conditions. These trees are gorgeous and functional and I’ll take you through a few of the fastest growing ones we’ve found on the market today.

American Holly

american holly

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Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 12-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 4-5 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Fair
Botanical Name: Ilex opaca

Referred to as America’s most popular Holly, the American Holly is mostly used by the homeowner to create a secure, privacy fence.

 

With its solid branches that grow out from top to bottom, planting several American Holly’s 3-5 ft apart will create a dense palisade that will block out noise and any snooping neighbors you may have. It grows in almost any soil, attracts birds and wildlife and can grow up to 20 feet tall.

 

In addition to its functionality as a privacy screen, its also acts as a gorgeous ornamental tree. It has bright red berries in the winter and pearly white flowers during the spring. The American Holly will give you an array of different colors all year around!

 

Blue Spruce

blue spruce

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Mature Height: 5-6 ft.
Mature Width: 2-3 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 5-6 ft.
Growth Rate: Slow
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Botanical Name: Picea glauca ‘Blue Wonder’

One of the more unique privacy trees is the Blue Wonder Spruce. It consists of eye catching blue foliage that stands out but also blends perfectly with other plants.

 

It is one of the shorter trees at a mature height of 6 feet but that enables it to fit in to smaller spaces and be used as a hedge row for more compact yards. Its the perfect tree for some privacy without impeding into your neighbors yard.

 

Not only does it help with privacy, but it can also be used as a creative ornamental. The bluish hue will add a rush of color to decks or anywhere in the yard you desire. Its also a very hardy tree and can hold up in a variety of climates and a number of different soils. As a privacy tree the Blue Spruce gets the job done but as an all around beauty you can’t go wrong.

 

Jane Magnolia

jane magnolia

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Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 5-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 8-10 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Magnolia x ‘Jane’

The Jane Magnolia is similar to most magnolias with its somewhat evergreen leaves and aromatic blossoms. This tree has big, beautiful flowers that burst with color during the spring and can make even the most simple yards “pop” with color.

 

As with all the trees on our list, the Jane is a very quick grower and get to 10-15 feet in no time. With growth like that, you can easily use this tree for some nice privacy along with similar trees or next to any structure that may need a little something extra.

 

Its also another lower maintenance tree that can grow in any different soil which is good news for homeowners who live in some different regions that have trouble with acidic soils and the like.

 

Sky Pencil Holly

sky pencil holly

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Mature Height: 8-10 ft. or trim to desired height
Mature Width: 2 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 2-3 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’

 

Here we have one of the country’s most elite plants. The Sky Pencil Holly is known for its speedy growth and unique shape. Why unique shape? It’s branches will grow upward without the need for trimming and that is a rare trait.

 

Its also another of our low maintenance trees which means you can almost just plant it and sit back enjoy the explosion of growth! That growth is another great attribute of this plant. Most plants with fast growth can encroach on the space of nearby plants but there are no worries with this one.

 

Because of its beautiful structure and its many uses for accenting walkways and such, this holly’s demand has skyrocketed as of late. If you’re looking for a quick grower that is sure to draw attention, you can give the Sky Pencil Holly a look.

 

Emerald Green Thuja

emerald green thuja

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Mature Height: 8-12 ft.
Mature Width: 3-4 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 3-4 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald Green’

Emerald Greens are one of the densest trees you can plant in your yard. This easy to grow tree is perfect for a privacy hedge. Especially in smaller areas. Most homeowners use this Thuja to accent certain areas in their yard.

 

This is also one of the most popular evergreens because of its glittery emerald color, highly sought after disease resistance and its ability to adapt to almost any soil or weather condition.

 

Using this tree as a privacy fence means you’ll never have to prune it or worry about any brown or unattractive spots during the winner. Once you see it in action it’ll be easy to see why its one of the most popular hedge trees out there.

 

Thuja Green Giant

thuja green giant

 

Mature Height: 60 ft.
Mature Height in Rows: 20-40 ft.
Mature Width: 12-20 ft.
Mature Width in Rows: 5-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 5 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Thuja standishii x plicata

As you can tell by its name, the Thuja Green Giant can be a massive tree. Planted every 5-6 feet, this tree can make an amazing, dense barrier to keep even the nosiest of neighbors from prying.

 

The Green Giant is also a very tough tree. Its drought tolerant and disease resistant. You won’t have to worry about a lot of the pest problems that some fast growing trees face. This tree avoids all of that. Its extremely easy to grow and can adapt to almost anything.

 

When planted by themselves this tree can grow up to a massive 60 feet but when planted in rows, like we’ll be doing for privacy, they still can reach heights of up to 40 feet! If that is an extreme height for you, you can trim them down to a much more manageable height.

 

Italian Cypress

italian cypress

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Mature Height: 40 ft. or trim to desired height
Mature Width: 5 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 3 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Cupressus sempervirens

“Elegant” and “High End” are the words most often associated with the Italian Cypress and for good reason. This tree is mostly planted near expensive condominiums or to frame the entryways of some of the most beautiful buildings.

 

This cypress can shoot up about 3 feet per year, requires little water and grow in a spectacular narrow fashion which give homeowners lots of room for other plants. They also have dense leaves and can adapt to different soils.

 

Whether you’re looking for screening or just want a classy tree to add to an outdoor living area, you can do much better than an Italian Cypress.

 

Spartan Juniper

spartan juniper

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Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 5-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 3 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’

 

The first thing that stands out about this tree is how easy it is to grow! No matter what part of the country you live in, The Spartan Juniper should be able to sprout up with minimal problems.

 

Its an extremely tough tree that has really dense branches and can reach heights of 20 feet. Perfect for privacy and screening. Its toughness and tolerance have made it one of the most popular upright junipers on the market right now.

 

Wherever you are and however you choose to plant it, this tough juniper will thrive in your soil and make a nice home somewhere in your landscape.

 

Nellie Stevens Holly

Mature Height: 15-25 ft.
Mature Width: 5-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 5-6 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’

I absolutely love these trees because of the red berries they produce in the winter and all the different bird life they attract year round. The Nellie Stevens Holly is amazing for privacy screens and they actually perform better than you would think if they’re just left alone for a while.

 

They can grow around 3 feet per year and reach a mature height of about 25 feet. The shape of their growth is pyramidal or even Christmas tree like which makes for an interesting look on corners of the yard.

 

This tree will also stay deep green all year around and give you a gorgeous contrast to surrounding trees. Its a quick grower and one of my favorite trees, hands down.

 

Cryptomeria Radicans

Mature Height: 30-40 ft.
Mature Width: 15-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 5 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Cryptomeria japonica var. sinensis

 

This tree with the funny name is a downy soft, fast growing evergreen tree. Its exotic in nature and has gained popularity all across the country.

 

Growing at a rate of 4 feet per year and capable of reaching heights of 45 feet, the Cryptomeria Radicans is a graceful and elegant tree. Its densely packed foliage ripples in the wind and don’t have the spiky flora that most evergreen trees have.

 

With such an exotic name, you may think the Radicans needs a lot of care which just isn’t true. Its an extremely durable tree that can survive in many different soils, can grow in full sun or partial shade and is resistant to most diseases. If you’re looking for a tree that’s almost plant it and forget then you’ve found a winner!

 

Juniper ‘Wichita Blue’

wichita blue

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Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 4-6 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 4-5 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Juniperus scopulorum ‘Wichita’

Blue is my favorite color so its not a surprise the Juniper Wichita Blue would end up on my list. With its bluish gray color, this Juniper adds a fantastic backdrop to any landscape. This tree can accent any flowering area that you want add some bluish pizzazz to.

 

This Juniper also keeps its color all year long. When most trees tend to bronze during the winter months, the Wichita Blue will stay the course and keep its color. It will attract lots of bird wildlife and will do so for up to 70 years! That’s right. Not only does it grow fast but once it does grow it’ll be there for some time.

 

While you wait for it to grow to its mature height of 15 feet, a few of them in a row will make an almost impenetrable screen of blue foliage for privacy. Plus, during the Christmas months some folks even add it to their directions. That color with that juniper scent can be a nice addition to your holiday decorations.

 

Eastern White Pine Tree

eastern white pine

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Mature Height: 50-80 ft.
Mature Width: 20-40 ft.
Sunlight: Partial Sun
Spacing: 30 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Botanical Name: Pinus strobus

If you have a tree that is known as a national treasure then you know you have something special. That’s exactly what the Eastern White Pine Tree is. Found in the Smokey Mountains, this tree not only has beauty but also a rich history you can be proud of.

 

The Eastern Pines have also been known to live for centuries. That’s right. These trees can live hundreds of years with proper care. It can survive in dry or wet soil but be careful of flooding or extreme drought. It doesn’t like that too much.

 

Its also like having your very own Christmas trees in your yard. When winter hits these trees will still be adding full, green beauty to the yard against the bareness that other trees may have created. And because they are so much like Christmas trees you can use the soft branches and pine cones to make wonderful decorations for the kids.

 

The Eastern White Pine will add history and grace to any yard while bringing in wonderful, small wildlife that even the inside folks will enjoy.

Fast Growing Flowering Trees

 

There is nothing like seeing those first flowers that signify the beginning of spring. The wonderful colors and edible fruits you can see become an alluring part of any landscape. The best way to add that beauty to your yard is with a fast growing flowering tree.

 

Flowering trees are trees that not only have beautiful leaves but also sprout eye catching flowers and some exquisite fruits. These fruits attract lots of different wildlife and can add some extra pop to your yard.

 

Finding the best flowering trees can sometimes be challenging if you don’t know what you’re getting and that is where we come in!

 

Muskogee Crape Myrtle Tree

muskogee crape myrtle

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Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 15-20 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Muskogee’

This tree has one of the longest blooming cycles of all crape myrtles. It can produce beautiful lavender blossoms for up to 6 months! Yes, its also one of the few trees to even produce lavender flowers. Because of this, people like to use them inside or out as well as for cut arrangements for special occasions.

 

The Muskogee Crape Myrtle can grow up to 5 feet per year making it an extremely fast growing crape. They can reach a height of 15-20 feet which can make them perfect for a privacy hedge. Its drought tolerant and hardy under certain circumstances.

 

Highly mildew resistant and gorgeous makes this crape myrtle a welcomed addition to any yard.

 

Kwanzan Cherry

Mature Height: 30-40 ft.
Mature Width: 30-40 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 15-20 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Prunus ‘Kwanzan’

Sometimes called the showiest of all cherry trees, the Kwanzan Cherry tree is not only alluring, its one of the easiest to grow. Its flowers are a beautiful pink with nearly double the amount of flowers ass most trees.

 

Growing to a height of 30-40 feet, the Kwanzan Cherry is also one of the hardiest trees. Its able to withstand some of the tougher elements and can thrive in lots of different soils.

 

They start to bloom in April, showing off those big, beautiful clusters. They also have golden leaves in the fall that add amazing color to your landscape all year around.

 

Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.
Mature Width: 15-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 15 ft
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Rocket’

 

This fast growing Crape Myrtle is some of the most gorgeous red blooms you’ll ever see. And like most crapes, the Red Rocket has a long blooming period of up to 100 days and can grow up to 5 feet per year.

 

Its also a very hardy tree. It can thrive in some of the colder growing zones and is highly drought resistant. Its ease of growth is also an amazing attribute to have. Once you plant this tree its water requirements are minimal.

 

As far as flowering trees, lining your driveway or walkway with this will give your landscape an amazing pop of color. The dark green leaves being offset by the bright red of the blooms is really a site to behold.

 

Pink Dogwood

Mature Height: 15-25 ft.
Mature Width: 15-25 ft.
Sunlight: Partial Sun
Spacing: 10 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Cornus florida ‘Rubra’

As with all dogwood trees, the Pink Flowering Dogwood is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring. Its vibrant pink blooms give your landscape beautiful color that gives a wonderful contrast to the dark green leaves.

 

This dogwood can grow quickly to its mature height of 25 feet and is very drought tolerant. It can also adjust to various soils and can easily grow in full sun or shade.

 

And because this is a flowering tree, it has some amazing benefits. The fruit from this dogwood nourishes lots of different birds throughout the winter. The wildlife this tree attracts will come as a pleasant surprise to your yard.

 

Autumn Cherry Tree

autumn cherry

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Mature Height: 20-40 ft.
Mature Width: 15-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 20 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’

The best thing about the Autumn Cherry Tree is that it blooms throughout the year. Enjoying blooms all year around is something only a few trees can actually provide. Just imagine your landscape having beautiful flowers when all other trees around it are bare during the winter.

 

It has gorgeous pink flowers and is pretty drought tolerant. That, along with its cold hardiness, makes this tree able to grow almost anywhere.

 

If you’ve never had a flowering tree or haven’t had much success growing one, this cherry tree might be what you need.

 

Little Gem Magnolia

little gem magnolia

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Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 8-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 4 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’

The Little Gem Magnolia is a smaller tree but can have a massive impact on your yard. Its an early bloomer which means you can enjoy the beautiful ornamental flowers earlier than most trees. In addition to the enchanting white flowers, the Little Gem gives off a wonderful fragrance that can brighten any mood.

 

Even though its called ‘little”, this tree can still grow to be 20 feet in as short as 6-7 years. It also performs very well during the winter months and doesn’t require a lot of space when planted in columns.

 

This magnolia can also be perfect for beginners. It doesn’t require lots of work. Adequate water and some plant food periodically is all the Little Gem should need to thrive in your yard.

 

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Natchez Crape Myrtle Tree

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.
Mature Width: 20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 10 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia x ‘Natchez’

Crape Myrtles are an extremely popular tree and that goes for the Natchez as well. As with all crapes, the Natchez has an incredible blooming period of over 100 days. That means you’ll get a fast growing tree that can potentially give you blooms all summer long.

 

The Natchez will grow about 4-5 feet per year and can handle different climates. It can easily survive in extreme heat as well as thrive in some cold weather. This is one attribute that puts above most of the other crapes in its family.

 

With alluring white blooms and cinnamon colored tree bark, the Natchez Crape Myrtle can be used to amaze as an ornamental tree and can really stand out in winter months. If you’re looking for beautiful blooms for a longer period, you can’t go wrong with this one.

 

Tuscarora Crape Myrtle

Mature Height: 15-25 ft.
Mature Width: 10-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 10-15 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Fair
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tuscarora’

Here we have another crape myrtle. This one has stunning pink blooms set against its green leaves which give it an ideal look for lighter landscapes. The Tuscarora is also a prime tree to plant in barren areas or smaller yard because they don’t need much room.

 

Able to quickly grow up to 3-5 feet per year means you can have a pink bloom filled yard in little time. Its also an easier tree to plant and grow. It can adapt to many different soils and can tolerate some drought.

 

Fast growing, disease tolerant and virtually allergen free are all sought after attributes that make this tree a must have for almost any yard.

 

Eastern Redbud

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Mature Height: 20-30 ft.
Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 15-20 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis

Pink, pink and more pink! That’s all I think about when I see the Eastern Redbud. This is one of my most favorite flowering trees because of its grand pink flowers that will catch anyone’s eye from afar. My daughter actually loves this tree as well so it would have to make my list!

 

The Eastern Redbud is another one of the early blooming trees we have on this list. You will begin to see big, beautiful pink clusters of flowers in early spring followed by the leaves behind them becoming much darker. The contrast in color is amazing makes this tree stand out even more.

 

This tree can reach a mature height of 30 feet and can grow virtually anywhere in the country. Most climates and most soils can be adequate for the Eastern Redbud so don’t hesitate to plant this tree to your liking.

 

Sweetbay Magnolia

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Mature Height: 30-50 ft.
Mature Width: 20-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 20-30 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Magnolia virginiana

Some flowering trees can be used as ornamental trees because of their beauty and showy nature and that’s what we have with the Sweetbay Magnolia. This tree has snow colored blossoms on top of dark leaves which make this tree absolutely stunning.

 

It can grow up to 50 feet in height and is very pest resistant. For a beginner that can be a welcomed site because you won’t have to spend a lot of time on pesticides which can ruin the fun of planting and can be somewhat dangerous depending on the pesticide.

 

Combining dense shade and beautiful flowers is what makes the Sweetbay Magnolia stand out from all the rest.

 

White Weeping Cherry

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Mature Height: 20-30 ft.
Mature Width: 15-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Spacing: 4-5 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Prunus subhirtella var. pendula

Want a tree that’s not only angelic but unique as well? That sounds like the White Weeping Cherry tree! And now that you’ve seen the tree, you can see why we call it unique. Not only does it have ravishing white blooms, it also has that special weeping form that isn’t always that prevalent in yards.

 

And if you know anything about willow trees you know the branches sway with the wind. Just imagine those gorgeous flowers that cover the entire branches moving back and forth with the wind. Amazing!

 

Like most of the trees on this list, the White Weeping Cherry is a very hardy tree and adapts to a variety climates and can handle most soils. Its a one of a kind tree and is being highly sought after for its uniqueness.

 

Robinson Crabapple Tree

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Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 15-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 15 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Good
Harvest Time: September – October
Fruit Color: Red
Chill Hours: 150-300
Botanical Name: Malus ‘Robinson’

Early spring blooming is a highly sought after attribute if you’re in the tree market and the Robinson Crabapple fits that to a tee. It comes with tantalizing soft pink blossoms and distinct fruit that make this tree stand out anywhere.

 

This particular crabapple tree has been engineered to resist a lot of the diseases and pests that other crabapples had issues with. The can grow up to 20 feet and will need some attention throughout its life.

 

This tree is unique and very popular. The wildlife, birds and butterflies it attracts is enough to make you want to add this crabapple tree to your landscape even if it wasn’t one of the most beautiful trees out thefre today.

 

Hopi Crape Myrtle

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Mature Height: 4-10 ft.
Mature Width: 4-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 8-10 ft.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Hopi’

This one of the hardiest crape myrtle trees out there. It is very tolerant of the extremes of cold, snow and ice that most crapes can’t handle. In addition to thriving in the cold, it can give you beautiful color in those winter months. It’s bark can start off grow and then peel off to reveal a gorgeous cinnamon color that give your yard a warmer feeling during that cold time.

 

Its not a very large tree. The Hopi Crape will only reach about 10 feet in height and that makes it ideal for smaller yards or for the homeowner that doesn’t want a single tree to take over the entire landscape. This size makes it ideal for planting close to structures, near driveways and even for container growing.

 

Being hardy and pest resistant can keep this wonderful, dark green canopy thriving and enhancing any yard for months at a time.

 

Sioux Crape Myrtle

Mature Height: 13-20 ft.
Mature Width: 8-12 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 3-5 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia x ‘Sioux’

Sioux Crape Myrtles are one of the toughest crapes out there. Like the Hopi, the Sioux is cold hardy as well. It is able to withstand freezing temperatures and ice which means you can take it farther north than most. And like its cousins, you’ll get over 100 days of blooming dark pink flowers.

 

Their blooming cycle actually goes through the summer and into the fall. They will come out in large clusters and will probably be something your family and neighborhood has never seen before. Reaching a height of 20 feet makes them perfect for smaller landscapes or anywhere with utility lines that could get in the way of larger trees.

 

Used as alluring ornamental trees or planted together to make privacy screens, the Sioux Crape can be a welcomed addition to any landscape.

 

Japanese Snowbell Tree

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Mature Height: 20-30 ft.
Mature Width: 15-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spacing: 20-30 ft.
Growth Rate: Slow
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Styrax japonicus

 

Rated as one of the best ornamental trees on the market is the Japanese Snowbell Tree. It comes with lots and lots of blossoms which give an amazing appeal to your yard. The white bell like flowers appear in late spring and can be enjoyed during summer.

 

The Snowbell tree can grow to about 30 feet in height and can be used in large or smaller yards. Its not a tree that will overpower your landscape but you can still prune it to make smaller.

 

It doesn’t attract much wildlife but pollinators do love this tree so there will be some bees that can’t get enough of the Snowbell. You must pay attention and treat this tree with care because it can be a bit picky at times. Good thing is that if you slack off the tree can recover quickly with the right love and care.

Fast Growing Trees To Avoid

 

While having a fast growing tree can give a major boost to your landscape in a short time there are some pitfalls that come with them. All fast growing trees aren’t created equal. Some have weak wood or are extremely invasive species. They can have short life spans and just become an overall nuisance. Here a few fast growing trees we think you should avoid.

 

Leyland Cypress

 

One of the biggest fast growing trees is also one of the worst. The Leyland Cypress can grow up to 70 feet in height but just as fast as it grows it can start its spiral downward. With a life expectancy of only 25-30 years this tree doesn’t seem like its worth the trouble. It also can play host to lots of insect and disease problems and if you plant more than one of these the diseases will probably affect them all.

 

Bradford Pear

 

When you see this tree you can’t help but notice its beauty. Wonderful white blooms in the spring and an amazing shape make this tree desirable to most. What you can’t see is the branches being frail and easily split away during heavy storms. Once that happens the Bradford Pear is not nearly as appealing and coupled with only a 15 year life its probably best to just avoid this all together.

 

Walnut

 

The Black Walnut is a magnificent tree that can grow up to 100 feet in height. Its drought tolerant and can be used as a wonderful shade tree. Sounds good, right? Yes! Except for a major issue… Its roots. The Black Walnut tree’s roots produce harmful chemicals called juglones which are harmful to lots of landscape plants. And unless you can plant this tree in an area where it can have its own space the nuts from this tree will stain clothing, driveways and sidewalks.

 

White Mulberry and Red Mulberry

 

Fast growing trees that are easy to grow can describe these mulberries. They can grow up to 50 feet and attract wonderful birds with their edible fruit. They are also very invasive and the wood of this tree can be very weak. The red mulberry can have messy fruit that can stain driveways and anything else it falls on. That plus a host of pests and diseases give you pause when considering this tree.

 

American Sycamore

 

What?!?! I hear you saying… “You had high praise for the American Sycamore earlier in the list!” It’s true and here at Nature Leader we’re going to give you the good as well as the bad when applicable.

 

Like I said before, one of the most statuesque trees out there is the American Sycamore. Reaching a height of 100 feet makes the tree easily standout from others. That being said, it can be ravaged by a devastating disease called sycamore anthracnose. This disease plus others such as powdery mildew and pest problems like the Japanese beetle can become a problem. The sycamore also makes it almost impossible to maintain a clean landscape with the fallen leaves and twigs all over the place.

 

White Pine

 

The White Pine is not a good tree for the rigors of urban or suburban life. They can grow to 40 feet in height but are affected by white pine decline. White Pine decline can cause shriveled bark and discoloration. A lot of the times the tree can actually die from this. And why this tree isn’t the best for urban life is its susceptibility to ozone damage. Bottom line is this isn’t the best tree to plant if you live in or near the city.

 

Birch

 

The Birch can be a magnificent tree for your landscape. They have beautiful exfoliating bark and can grow very well in a wet environment. With that being said, they also suffer from pest problems. The main one being the bronze birch borer. It can kill a tree in no time. It also has a superficial root system that can easily be disturbed so be prepared for extra work when planting

 

Lombardy Poplar

 

Another massive tree that can reach heights of up to 100 feet, the Lombardy Poplar looks like a good statuesque tree. However, once it reaches that height after 30 years its pretty much at the end of its life expectancy. When you have this tree you have to understand that its not a permanent landscape fixture. It has weak branches and can make cleaning up the debris from the tree a constant pain.

 

Norway Maple

 

If you’re looking for a fast growing tree that is easy to grown you may consider the Norway Maple. It can reach up to 50 feet in height and is very resistant to drought and air pollution. But that is pretty much where the good ends. It is an invasive tree and falls prey to some very bad diseases. It also has a shallow root system that can severely limit what you can plant around it so just avoid this one.

 

Mountain Ash

 

A beautiful tree that reaches a good size and a short amount of time. Its also very attractive to wildlife because it serves as a very good food source for them. With that being said, Its also a host to a significant number of pests. Aphids, mites and scab are just a few that come to mind. Disease can also take hold as well so you wouldn’t wanna put something with this money problems in your yard.

 

Mimosa Tree

 

Delicate tree with pink blooms describes the Mimosa Tree perfectly. It tolerates high temperatures and grows very fast. It also can get mimosa web worm that can devastate this tree. More importantly is that its a very good self seeder which can give you a bunch of Mimosas. Weak wood and making a messy landscape is why we avoid this tree.

{More Info on Trees to Avoid} https://bestplants.com/21-trees-you-should-never-plant-in-your-yard/

 

Conclusion

 

We just went through 52 of the fastest growing trees you can plant to make your yard stand out over the next few months. Not every tree tree on this list is recommended but we felt it was best to include them all for you, the reader. Any questions or you just want to show us your trees? Leave a comment below!

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