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Fast Growing Trees are often described as the best shade
Red Maple Tree - Acer rubrum
This fast-growing tree is known for its vibrant red leaf color in fall.
This attractive shade tree can reach a mature height of 90 feet and a spread of 40 feet.
The red maple tree will reach its mature size in 15 years and live to be around 150 years old. Hardy in zones 3-9. It’s ideal for fast shade in vast landscapes and is adaptable to most soil conditions.
Fastest Growing Trees are usually some type of Maple
Sugar Maple Tree - Acer saccharum
Its hardy nature, fast growth habits and brilliant fall foliage make the sugar maple tree desirable for any landscape.
Mature height will be around 75 feet with a spread of 40 feet. It will grow an average of 2 feet per year and is adaptable to most soil conditions. The dense crown of the Sugar Maple makes it an excellent shade tree for landscape in hardiness zones 3-8.
Red Sunset Maple Tree - Acer rubrum
This magnificent fast growing shade tree is red from roots to crown. The red sunset maple continues the red color theme into fall with a spectacular display of red foliage.
Shorter than other maples, the red sunset maple tree will reach a mature height of 50 feet with a width of 25 feet. Ideal for small landscapes in the suburbs. It grows 2 feet per year and is adaptable to most soil conditions. Hardy in zones 4-8.
Fast Growing Trees are not always the longest lived
Tulip Poplar Tree - Liriodendron tulipifera
Hardy in zone 3-9, tulip poplar trees can reach a mature height of 120 feet. Tulip poplar trees can grow up to 25 inches per year and live 300 years.
Tulip poplars will begin bearing tulip-shaped flowers in spring when the tree is 20 years old.
Hardy in zones 3-9, this tree grows best in moist soil and wide open spaces.
Silver Maple Tree - Acer saccharinum
The silver maple tree is aptly named for its silvery colored bark and leaves. This fast-growing shade tree will grow 3 feet per year until it reaches a mature height of 80 feet and 40 feet wide.
Hardy in zone 3-9, the silver maple tree grows best near water sources.