A Quick Guide To Fast-Growing Trees

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Trees not only give your garden structure, not to mention your property itself, providing shade and privacy but also make your home stand out in your neighborhood.

empress tree

This is why many people are interested in trees that grow particularly fast, because you might not want to wait half a century to reap any of the benefits of a big tree.

To state the obvious, some trees grow incredibly slow, and some grow relatively quicker.  So, it is quite understandable that someone would want to take advantage of this fact by planting such trees in their yard.

But hold the phone, there’s a lot to know about trees and particularly fast growing trees, before you start planting!

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And that’s why we’ve written this article here today.

If you plan on planting fast growing trees in your yard, garden, or anywhere on your property, consider reading following:

Let’s get started!

What is the difference between a regular tree and a fast growing tree?

One of the most frequent questions asked by persons buying a tree is “How fast does it grow?”

It is almost impossible to give a precise answer to this question because the growth rate of any plant, including trees depends on many factors, including site conditions and maintenance.

Studies have shown that regular trees usually grow about 10 feet in ten years.

Studies have also shown that trees rated as fast growing can grow up to 30 feet in ten years.

Since regular trees grow painfully slowly many homeowners choose to buy fast growing trees. However, speed comes at a cost!

Fast growing trees are identified to have the problem of being weak. They can easily break apart during storm and cause significant damage to buildings and endanger human lives.

Watch this interesting video showing an Oak acorn filmed over an 8 month period.


Amazing indeed!

What are the fastest growing trees for privacy?

fastest growing trees for privacy

With a garden full of colorful flowers and vibrant colors, the last thing you want is a big metal fence getting in the way.

Fences are usually too short for privacy, and they can cost a lot of money. They also require maintenance and repairs. There must be a better way to have privacy in your garden!

Privacy trees are the solution. They block noise, clean the air, and provide privacy for generations to come. Plus, no fence can match privacy trees in the aesthetic look.

If you plan to replace that old, rusty, ugly looking fence with privacy trees, have a look at our list of the fastest growing privacy trees:

Hybrid Poplars


Hybrid Poplars is extremely easy to grow in variety of soils. It is very resistant to the heat and the cold. This tree can grow up to 7 feet per year which means it grows to its mature size of 30 to 50 feet very quickly.

Leyland Cypress

leyland cypress tree fast growing privacy plant

These evergreen trees have green foliage that is feathery and soft.  They will make a beautiful green wall that blocks out unwanted views and provides peace and privacy. They grow 3 to 4 feet per year and reach heights of 50 feet.

Willow Hybrids

willow hybrid

These trees are tough! They can grow in almost any climate, making them an ideal choice for almost everyone. They grow about 6 feet a year and can grow to 45 feet if planted in rows and 75 feet if planted alone.

Here are 10 more of the fastest growing trees in the world!

Up next, a very fascinating question…

Do trees talk to each other?

can trees talk to each other

Believe it or not, trees do talk to each other, sort of. Unlike humans, trees don’t go out for a coffee and chat about global politics. Instead, they produce all sort of chemical signals in response to their environments. 

They used a network of latticed fungi buried in the soil to communicate their needs and send each other nutrients, especially when they are under attack.

Love this next video by National Geographic, which gives us even more information on this secret world of tree inter-communication.

Wow, quite interesting!

Why plant trees?

why plant trees

Planting trees is one of the best ways to say “thanks” to the mother nature. It is one of the best ways to positively affect the environment. Here are some of the reasons why planting trees is a good idea:

  1. Trees produce oxygen and improve air quality.
    They store carbon, reducing harmful byproducts of fuel burning.
  2. Trees increase property value.
    Everybody is ready to pay extra money for a property with colorful garden, full of different varieties of flowers and trees.
  3. Trees make us feel good.
    Studies have shown that landscapes that include trees help us relax and feel good. Spending time in nature lowers our heart rate and reduces stress.

Do you have any other reasons why you think trees should be planted?  Let us know in the comments section below!

Is planting fast growing trees illegal?

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Kind of a weird question, but it has been asked many a time. 

Let’s look at this logically and rationally.  Trees provide habitat and food for birds and other animals. They absorb carbon dioxide and harmful gasses and release oxygen. One large tree is capable of providing a day’s supply of oxygen for four people.

So, is the mere fact of planting fast growing trees illegal? Absolutely not!

However…you should definitely consider the fact that if you have neighbors, they are going to be affected by the trees you plant in your yard or on your property.

There are two types of neighbor – the nice kind, and the kind you may not shall we say appreciate all that much.  The latter here, the kind that are not so loveable, may have a thing or two to say about literally anything you do, and that’s where things with fast growing trees can get a little dice-y.

This guy actually might be right in this case, but you know what I’m talking about.  The “in your face” type of person who might have something to say about your new trees you just planted too close to “their” property.

If, for example, a tree springs up somewhere and a neighbor wasn’t expecting it, they might get annoyed or even have a right to complain, if their favorite sunny spot is now shrouded by shade, or a root system has decided to wrap around some cables underground.

Again, we all need to understand that neighbors are sometimes extremely particular, and will confront you about just about anything.  And, sometimes, they have a point.

Also, if you plant a fast growing tree along the edge of your property, or on a boulevard, you might have to contend with issues relating to bi-laws wherein the tree decides to tangle itself in some phone lines, or a low branch hangs over your sidewalk.

What if a branch breaks off and someone trips?  It happened to me once, and they actually tried to sue me!  (I didn’t see the branch fall, nor did I see them trip). These are simply things to consider, as crazier things have happened!

How to plant trees?

how to plant trees

Planting a tree is not as simple as digging a hole and throwing a tree into it. But, it is not rocket science either. If you had never planted trees before, consider following these steps:

  1. Decide where you want to plant it and mark it.
    Make sure you avoid planting trees near power lines, close to your house and driveway.
  2. Measure the root ball.
    Before you start digging, measure the tree’s root ball. This will help you decide how deep you need to dig the hole.
  3. Prepare the hole for the tree.
    Using a shovel, dig the hole where you plan to plant the tree. Make sure that the hole is large is enough to accommodate the root ball.
  4. Gently place the tree in the hole.
    After digging the hole, gently place the tree into its new home. If the tree doesn’t fit, remove it and adjust the size of the hole.
  5. Position the tree.
    After placing the tree in the hole, identify its best face and turn it in the direction you want.  Try to position the tree as upright as possible. The way you position the tree affects the way it grows.
  6. Backfill the hole
    Use a mixture of compost and the soil to backfill the hole. Make sure you use enough soil to support the roots of the tree.

Here’s a video by knechtnurseries showing how to plant a potted tree.  Great info!

Planting trees is a careful and considered process.  It pays to think about it before you go ahead and do it.

Choose the right tree for your garden

choosing the right tree for your garden

Many people shopping for trees for their gardens usually find themselves overwhelmed by the hundreds of species and varieties to choose from.

The best way to narrow down your choice is to ask yourself: Why do I want a tree? Do I want it for shade? For privacy? Do I want a tree that will make my garden look pretty? Or, do I want a tree that will help me block the view of the neighbor’s ugly-looking backyard (or their growling doggy)?

Of course, in a case like the above, not even a fence, tree, and some kind of biodome is going to silence these little yappers.

Which is a good point to mention as well – don’t do any delusional tree planting, thinking a tree is going to solve all your problems if your neighbor say has a rabid looking pitbull.

On the other hand, if you’re strategic, sometimes you can pull off a miracle.  Some animals are adverse to certain scents, and so here is an article that talks about that – ie. the scents that some animals don’t like.  So you can also use some of this strategy in the plants you plant and the trees you buy. There could be a way to repel some of these feisty beasts away from your yard.

Perhaps a chili pepper garden near the fence?

Just make sure not to plant that you think will ward off Fido next door, but instead manages to allow the dog to leap into your yard and bite you, barking “YOU KNOW I HATE CITRUS” in doggy-speak as he lunges for your face.

Anyway, annoying beasts aside, you are likely not going to grow a tree as a way to start a psychological campaign with your neighbors and their dog.

There are many reasons to do so, and we hope it’s for one of those reasons you want to do it.  For the sheer beauty perhaps.

Anyway, be sure to ask yourself all of these questions we’ve been addressing today and you will soon have a rough idea of what type of a tree you need and your yard will surely be much more beautiful soon enough!

Thanks for reading, please leave a comment below if you like!

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