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Fastest Growing Trees


Fast Growing Trees Comparison Chart
Projected heights based on starting planting height of a 5 ft. tall tree.
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Common Name
Growth Rate
per Yr.
Height in
3 Yrs
Mature
Height
Growing Notes
1

Empress Tree
(paulownia)

10-15 ft.
35-50 ft.
40-50 ft.
Fragrant, colorful blooms. Valuable timber. Very unique tree
2
Willow Hybrid
(salix hybrid)
6-12 ft.
25-40 ft.
35-75 ft.
Fastest growing willow. Usually planted in rows for privacy. Similar to the "Austree" hybrid.
3
Lombardy Poplar
(populus nigra 'Italica')
8-10 ft.
30-40 ft.
40-60 ft.
Usually planted in rows. Unique growth habit.
4

Hybrid Poplar
(populus deltoides)

8-10 ft.
30-40 ft.
50-70 ft.
Very popular shade tree. Planted near new homes to increase property value.
5
Eucalyptus Tree
(eucalyptus polyanthemos)
6-8 ft.
20-30 ft.
40 ft.
Leaves give fragrant scent all year long.
6
Willow Shade Tree
Weeping Willow
(salix babylonica)
4-8 ft.
15-30 ft.
40-50 ft.
Thrives in a wide range of soil and moisture conditions.
7
American Sycamore
(platanus occidentalis)
up to 6 ft.
20-25 ft.
70 ft.
Winter fruits resemble Christmas ornaments.
8
Tulip Poplar
(liriodendron tulipifera)
up to 6 ft.
15-20 ft.
up to 70 ft.
Bright yellow foliage. Fast grower creates dense shade.
9
Quaking Aspen
(populus temuloides)
up to 5 ft.
15-20 ft.
40-50 ft.
Most widely distributed tree in North America.
10
Muskogee Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia Muskogee)
4-5 ft.
15-20 ft.
15-25 ft.
Lavender flowers bloom for 120 days.
11
Tuscarora Crepe Myrtle
Tuscarora Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia Tuscarora)
4-5 ft.
15-20 ft.
15-25 ft.
Dark pink blooms. Very adaptable flowering tree.
12
Arapaho Crape Myrtle
Arapaho Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia Arapaho)
4-5 ft.
15-20 ft.
15-25 ft.
One of the few red crapes. Blooms from spring til fall.
13

Summers Red Maple
(acer Summer Red)
3-5 ft.
15-20 ft.
40 ft.
New summer foliage turns autumn red.
14
October Glory Maple
(acer rubrum
'October Glory'
)
3-5 ft.
15-20 ft.
40-50 ft.
Bred for bright red fall color. Fast growing ornamental is often used for shade.
15
Red Rocket Crape Myrtles
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket')
3-5 ft.
15-20 ft.
20-30 ft.
One of the fastest growing crape myrtles, and one of the few with red blooms.
16
Autumn Purple Ash
(fraxinus americana)
3-5 ft.
15-20 ft.
50-70 ft.
Grows into a nice round shape. Gives you a spectrum of colors in the fall.
17
Thuja Green Giant Privacy Trees
Thuja Green Giant
(arborvitae Green Giant)
3-5 ft.
15-20 ft.
20-40 ft.
Becoming most popular landscape tree for privacy screening.
18
Cleveland Pear
(pyrus calleryana 'Cleveland)
up to 4 ft.
15-20 ft.
20-30 ft.
Stronger branches resist damage, unlike weaker pear trees.
19
Heritage River Birch
(betula nigra 'Heritage')
3-4 ft.
15-20 ft.
40-50 ft.
Society of Municipal Arborists' "Tree of the Year" in 2002.
20
Dawn Redwood
(metasequoia glyptostroboides)
3-4 ft.
15-20 ft.
40-50 ft.
Soaks up tons of water. Often used to landscape golf courses and developments.
21
Leyland Cypress
(cupressocyparis leylandii)
3-4 ft.
15-20 ft.
60-70 ft.
Popular for screening. Grows in slender, columnar form.
22
Maple Shade Tree
Autumn Blaze Maple
(acer x freemanii)
3 ft. and up
15-20 ft.
40-50 ft.
Fastest growing maple. Made popular by its bright red fall color.
23
Mimosa Tree
(Albizia julibrissin)
3 ft. and up
15-20 ft.
25 ft.
Popular flowering tree. Sustains long life.
24
Norway Maple
(acer platanoides)
3 ft.
15-20 ft.
40-50 ft.
These maples can live up to 150 years.
25
Dynamite Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite')
3 ft.
10-15 ft.
20-30 ft.
Carefree tree is one of the original red-flowering crapes.
26
Pink Dogwood
(cornus florida)
up to 3 ft.
10-15 ft.
15-25 ft.
Fast growing dogwood with pink blooms. Newer, adaptable variety.
27
Ginkgo Tree
(ginkgo biloba)
up to 3 ft.
10-15 ft.
40-70 ft.
Oldest species of tree. Great yellow foliage.
28
Italian Cypress Privacy Trees
Italian Cypress
(cupressus sempervirens)
2-3 ft.
10-15 ft.
40 ft.
Narrow growth habit. Often planted alone for landscaping.
29
Scarlet Red Maple
(acer rubrum)
2-3 ft.
10-15 ft.
40-60 ft.
Showy fruit attracts many birds and wildlife creatures.
30
2-3 ft.
10-15 ft.
30-40 ft.
Very deer resistant. Unique growth habit.
31
River Birch
(betula nigra)
2-3 ft.
10-15 ft.
40-50 ft.
Drought tolerant. Most insect resistant birch tree, but susceptible to disease.
32
Natchez Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia 'Natchez')
2-3 ft.
10-15 ft.
20-30 ft.
Blooms in bunches. Needs plenty of sun for full blooms.
33
Sawtooth Oak
(quercus acutissima)
2-3 ft.
10-15 ft.
40-60 ft.
Most adaptable oak tree, Dark, lustrous summer foliage.
34
Pink Velour Crape Myrtle
(lagerstroemia indica "Pink Velour")
2-3 ft.
8-10 ft.
8-10 ft.
Easy to grow & drought tolerant. Light pink blooms all summer.
35
2-3 ft.
10-15 ft.
15 ft.
Most popular and fastest growing peach tree.