Fast Growing Trees
Fast growing trees is a tree category that many potential tree planters want to thoroughly explore. The connotation that a fast growing tree will produce the benefits of a larger tree faster is high on most priority lists. Fast growing trees, for purpose of definition, are trees that grow faster than the norm. The issue is what is the normal growth rate? What does slow, medium, and fast growth mean? It is difficult to categorize the growth habits of all the trees that we market. For the purposes of this page, a fast growing tree would be likely to grow more than 2 to3 feet a year. Growth rates of various trees are estimated based on the tree being placed on a good site, with good fertility, adequate moisture and planted correctly.
Fast growing trees seem to be best utilized for shelter, privacy, pulp wood production, and shade. The deciduous tree classification has quite a number of fast growing trees. The evergreen tree classification, a lesser number. Matching a fast growing tree to the best site for that particular tree is an important consideration. Willows and poplars are some of the fastest growing trees species. Not all trees within a species grow at the same rate. The maple tree species is a good example. Some of the hard wooded maples grow less that 2 feet a year and soft wooded maples, such as the silver maple, can grow in excess of 3 feet a year. All types of fast growing trees are displayed below.