Made in the Shade
Nothing beats the heat like sitting under the wide canopy of a tree (the right fit could even lower your energy costs). But if your landscape is treeless, the idea of waiting a generation to experience a tree’s shade can be frustrating. Luckily, a fast-growing shade tree is not an oxymoron, although you may have to adjust your definition of “fast.” Here are six varieties that can be well-established within three years.
On top of reaching 15 feet in height, this Empress tree offers delicate blossoms that scent the air with jasmine. Though it’s not a great fit for all areas—some locations consider it invasive—Paulownia will thrive in zones 5-9.
The commonly called Bayberry is drought-resistant and grows five feet a year until reaching 15 feet—just the right height to create shade and privacy in your yard.
Related: Creating Privacy Through Landscaping
Tall, slender and flexible enough to endure wild storms, hybrid poplars can soar to nearly three stories in five years. These elegant trees look great when lining a driveway.
Know What to Grow
Plant a tree now, and enjoy the benefits for a lifetime.
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