Tree Shade 101: Fast-Growing Trees to Consider Buying

Tree Shade 101: Fast-Growing Trees to Consider Buying

Tree Shade 101: Fast-Growing Trees to Consider Buying

15 Jul, 2015
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When it comes to tree care and looking for trees for sale in Toronto, most homeowners want something that fills out fast. What many of them don’t know is that the same factors that make a tree grow tall quickly often make it weak or have weed-like qualities. Take for instance, the silver maple, a relatively fast-growing tree, but one it’s also weak, easily losing branches in a storm and during winter. Also the tree roots spread out taking nutrients and water from the grass and bushes around it, and potentially damaging sidewalks, paths and even a home’s foundation.

The princess tree is yet another problematic option, one that has surprised many homeowners who have fallen for the newspaper and online ads boasting of its fast growth rate (15 feet per year). What they might not have known is that the princess tree spreads so fast, it’s earned the reputation of being a pesky weed. Within two years the lovely tree they planted could be banging against their windows, walls and roofs, blocking the sun instead of simply shading it, and blocking their garage.

Slow-growing trees, with their strong wood and longer lifespan, are often the best choice for homeowners when looking for trees. However, they generally take time to mature, and can present a danger of toppling onto your house if not planned and maintained carefully.

If you want the strength and stability of the trees on this list, you’ll need to revise your expectations of what a fast-growing tree is—try bringing it down to 1.5 to 2 feet a year. A fast-growing tree is one that can provide shade after at least 5 years of planting. You can speed things up by planting the tree in good soil with the right balance of moisture and nutrients.

Here are some trees worth considering. Choose well, and good luck.

Red Oak

The red oak tree, also known as the pin oak and nuttall oak, is considered one of the world’s fastest growing oak tree, capable of providing a generous canopy within a few years time, as well as a steady supply of acorns, which attract squirrels, turkeys, and deer.

This classic, which prefers acidic, moist, and well-drained soil, is particularly popular among buyers looking for trees for sale in Toronto. The red oak has optimal growth under sun-exposed plots of land, and can grow up to 75 feet high, and be just as wide.

Freeman Maple

A hybrid maple species with a distinctive fiery red color, the Freeman or Freeman’s Maple tree is a cross between the red maple and the silver maple tree, combining the best characteristics of each into a single variant. It has the beautiful red autumn foliage of the red maple, but without its sensitivity to pollution, as well as the aggressive growth of the silver maple, but not its overly large size.

The Freeman Maple can grow up to 80 feet high, with a canopy stretching out to as much as 50 feet. This tree tends to thrive in sun-exposed areas, with well-drained soil, and a neutral pH level. If you want an alternative that grows faster, consider the Autumn Blaze variety of the Freeman, which reaches heights of at least 60 feet and a width of 50 feet.

Northern Catalpa

The Northern Catalpa is a beautiful tree with a distinct tropical look and a mysterious history. At some point in its history, the species was reportedly endemic to the Mississippi Valley, but records are questionable on the authenticity of these records.

The Northern Catalpa is easily recognized thanks to its large, gorgeous flowers, which only add to the appeal of its fast-growing shade. This tree does attracts bees, which feed on the nectar of its flowers, generally the bee’s are high up enough, you’ll only hear them and not have to worry about stings, but you may want to be careful if you have allergies, dogs or small children.

Do note that while these and many other trees for sale in Toronto, would make a great addition to your yard, not all of them may be suitable. They each have specific demands related to temperatures, frost dates, and rainfall, so be sure to consult an expert so they can help point you in the right direction.

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