We have 8 bare acres in Illinois and want some shade trees.
In your experience what is the fastest growing tree that
might give use some shade. I've planted hybrid poplars and
silver maples before and have been satisfied with them. Are
there other candidates I should be looking at?
Chuckie, that fast growing tree is a trash tree that is worse than
Mimosa about spreading all over the place. It not only drops hundreds
of seed pods that make more trees, but puts up new trees from the
roots all over the place, sometimes 40 to 50 foot from the closest
parent tree. In Georgia we call it cottonwood because the blooms,
which also are very messy, look like wads of cotton when the pile up
on the ground.
WOW!!! thanks for saying that "tom j" cuz that's just what i was wanting for
my 2 acres of NOTHINGNESS near klamath. i had been considering the "golden
rain" locust tree (NOT golden chain), but those are REALLY
obnoxious.....anything whose seeds will grow through that red lava rock they
use for landscaping.....translates to: TROUBLE
at least these fast growing trees chuckie posted about are pretty in purple.
With Malus toward none, and Cherry-Trees toward all.
Thuja "Green Giant"
The Thuja Green Giant's conical habit needs no shearing or pruning,
though you can trim it to desired size if you don't want it to grow to
more than 60 feet tall, 10 to 12 feet wide. Do to its large size, it is
only practical in yards with lots of room. Tolerant of heavy ice and
snow loads as well as heat, humidity, and even drought (once established
in the garden), it is clothed all the way to the ground in thick,
fragrant, deep green foliage year-round. One of the best features of
Green Giant is its lack of appeal to deer. A hungry herd will eventually
nibble it if desperate, of course -- starving deer will eat anything --
but it's one of their last choices, making it a suitable perimeter
planting to keep deer out of your garden.
Plusses: big and fast growing
Minuses: big and fast growing
Paulownia tomentosa "Empress Tree or Princess Tree"
This plant can grow to 40 - 60 feet tall and an equal spread and the
leaves can be 12 inches across or more. Although paulownia has
attractive clusters of purple flowers in May, the leaves have no
desirable color in autumn before they turn brown and drop to the ground.
This weedy tree is recognized as an invasive exotic plant by
conservation agencies. Its messy fruit produces a multitude of tiny
seeds that blow in the wind and the result is thousands of unwanted
seedlings that compete with native vegetation. Give it lots of room!
Don't expect to be able to grow anything under it. The U.S. Forest
Service warns against planting them near a forest. They should only be
planted in parks and urban areas where their spread can be contained.
As one would expect from such a fast growing tree, the wood is brittle.
Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
Plusses: big and fast growing
Minuses: messy and invasive
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