What is a good, fast growing shade tree?

December 2nd, 2015 by gardens_admin

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There are several excellent choices in our area. Red Maples (Acer rubrum), Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipfera), and Willow Oak (Quercus phellos) are all large growing (60-100’) trees that are tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. Due to their mature size, ample spacing should be devoted to their positioning in the landscape. If one has more patience and less space, smaller growing trees such as Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum), Trident Maples (Acer buergerianum), and Kousa Dogwoods (Cornus kousa) are possibilities with most types reaching 20-30’ in height and spread. A visit to the Gardens will reveal other promising options that may require a careful, but worthwhile search for sources.

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