There is quite an impressive number of fast-growing trees in the world. Some trees can naturally grow very fast, while others will grow very fast by the interference of plant breeders.
It’s quite amazing to know that some tree grows fast, I mean so fast you can notice a change in a week.
Trees are living things, but they don’t talk or walk, and most times, their development appears to be rather sluggish. Therefore, going green for us as individuals might be a good idea; it’s just that we don’t see ourselves engaging in something that might take forever to yield. But guess what?
Not all trees grow as slow as you might think- this for sure is good news.
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Owing to the discoveries and developments of plant breeders, we now have breeds and crossbreeds of trees that can grow so fast; a single tree can sprout up to 10ft in a year. Exactly! And within four years, you can have more than 30ft tall trees.
Believe it or not, most of the popular trees around now are fast-growing trees. So now you know that going green is easier than ever. You can plant a tree, and you don’t have to worry. You might probably not be around by the time it is ready to serve it’s purpose because you can have the shade you want in less than a year.
Tree breeders or plant breeders have made a landmark achievement over the years in developing fast-growing trees. They have created several breeds by crossing two different but related species to produce breeds that are much more vigorous, these breeds are called HYBRID VIGOR. A typical example of a Hybrid Vigor is the Willow Hybrid- this is one of the fastest-growing trees in the world. Interestingly, it can sprout up to 10ft a year. Amazing right?
In four years, it would have grown way above 30ft depending on your preference, if you choose not to trim it. Interestingly, this particular breed does not lose it’s leaves in harsh or hoarse weather, not even in winter.
Another typical example of a Hybrid Vigour is the ThUJA GREEN GIANT. This breed also does not lose its leaves in winter, and it is suitable when there is a need for privacy because it provides the kind of shade that can conceal your building. The Thuja Green Giant can grow 4ft a year.
An interesting feature of this Hybrid Vigour is that it will grow well even if it is not fully exposed to sunlight, and it will keep growing unless you trim it to your desired height and width.
But if what you are looking for is a narrow tree, then the ITALIAN CYPRESS is the best option for you. This breed is suitable, especially for those living in a warm environment or in housing development areas where houses are so uncomfortably close to each other.
The Italian Cypress grows very fast and can endure very hot and coarse climate. It can reach 40ft high but 4 -5ft wide untrimmed. With the Italian Cypress, you are sure to have a beautiful view without sweating over trimming the sides because you won’t have to.
Another breed that can provide a beautiful shade for you is the NELLIE STEVENS HOLLY. This breed produces an evergreen broad-leaf, which is serene, but more interesting is the fact that Nellie Stevens Holly is a pest-free tree, so you don’t need to sweat over pest control.
In its first year, the growth process may be somewhat sluggish, but not to worry, after the first year, it will grow up to 3ft a year, subsequently.
If you love colors and you are not okay with just green, try out TRI COLOUR WILLOW. This is also another breed with a smaller hedge and dramatic colors. It is a lovely combination of green, red, and white foliage that comes out beautifully during Spring.
Tri-Colour Willow can grow up to 2-3 ft a year that can reach up to 10ft in 4-5years, that is, if you want it so, otherwise, you can trim it to the height you want.
Another example of a very fast-growing tree the Bamboo; it produces a completely different outlook that gives a densely evergreen view that does not require any form trimming. This tree is one of the very fast among fast-growing trees.
Some species of Bamboo are literarily capable of sprouting up to 10cm per day. The fastest-growing Bamboo has made a world record, sprouting up to 35 inches a day. The Bamboo can take only a few years to attain at least 20ft.
So which are the fastest growing trees?
Top 20 Fast Growing Trees in the World – Reviews
Therefore, in no particular order, the following are among the world’s fastest-growing trees
- Royal Empress Tree
This tree has an alluring fragrance, and it is very colorful. It can reach up to 10-15ft in its first year and can reach up to 40-50ft if it is not trimmed.
- Hybrid Polar
This is one of the most popular trees that is used for shades near the home to make it serene and to give the home some kind of privacy.
Hybrid Polar can grow up to 8-10 ft in the first year, 30-40ft subsequently, and can reach up to 50-70ft if it is not trimmed.
- Willow Hybrid
This is the fastest of all willow breed. It can provide shade when planted in rows and will conceal the property or home where it is planted.
Willow Hybrid will grow up to 6-12 ft in the first year, 25-40 feet subsequently, and can reach a maximum height of 75ft.
- Lombardy Poplar
Lombardy Poplar is usually planted in rows. It is a tall and elegant tree with narrow branches like the Italian Cypress.
It will grow up to 8-10 ft in the first year, 30-40ft subsequently, and can reach most 60ft.
- Eucalyptus Tree
This is another tree that produces an alluring fragrance throughout the year. Its leaves are bluish-green.
The Eucalyptus tree can grow up to 6-8ft in the first year, 20-30 ft subsequently, and can reach a maximum height of 40ft- 50ft.
- Weeping Willow
This tree can do well in any type of soil or environment, but you have to water it constantly.
The Weeping Willow can grow up to 4-8ft in the first year, up to 15-30 ft subsequently, and reach up to 50ft.
- American Sycamore
This tree spreads fast, providing shade that is hard to trim. It can grow up to 6ft in the first year, 20-25 ft subsequently, and can reach a maximum height of 70ft.
- Tulip Poplar
This tree produces beautiful flowers that blossoms in Spring and turn bright yellow in fall.
The Tulip Poplar can also grow 6ft in the first year, 15-20 ft subsequently and can reach a maximum height of 70ft.
It is one of the fast-growing flowering trees in the world.
- Quaking Aspen
This tree can grow up to 5 ft in the first year, 15-20 ft subsequently, and can reach a maximum height of 40-50ft.
- Arapaho Crape Myrtle
This tree is one of the few red crape Myrtles that flourishes in all seasons. It can grow up to 4-5ft in the first year, 15-20ft subsequently, and can reach a maximum height of 25ft.
- Muskogee Crape Myrtle
This tree produced the beautiful lavender flower that flourishes for only four months in a year.
The Muskogee Crape Myrtle can reach up to 4-5ft in a year, 15-20 ft subsequently and can a maximum height of 15-25ft
- Tuscarora Crape Myrtle
This myrtle breed will do well in any under any weather. It produces a deep hue of pink bloom- very beautiful.
The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle will grow up to 4-5 ft a year, 15-20 ft subsequently and reach a maximum height of 15-25 ft
- Thuja Green Giant
This tree is popular for providing shade that conceals the property or home; it gives a home some kind of privacy.
The Thuja Green Giant can grow up to 3-5ft in the first year, 15- 20 ft subsequently, and can reach a maximum height of 20-40 ft.
- Golden Bamboo
This tree is often used to produce eco-friendly materials. Interestingly, the root spreads in a way that allows one rootstock to reproduce several shoots so that the Bamboo has a horizontal growth.
The Bamboo can grow up to 4-5ft in the first year and up to 10- 20 ft subsequently.
- Eastern Cottonwood
This tree is the fasted growing tree in North America. It can grow up to 2-4ft in the first year, up to 10-15ft subsequently, and will continue to add 5ft every year for the next 25 years, unless it is trimmed.
- Autumn Purple Ash
This tree produces bright colored leaves, especially in the Fall. They grow up to 3-5ft in the first year, up to 15-20ft subsequently and can attain a maximum height of 50-70 ft
- American Red Maple
This tree turns bright red during the summer. It can grow up to 3-5ft in the first year, up to 15-20 ft subsequently, and can reach a maximum height of 40 ft.
- Leyland Cypress
This is another tree that can help conceal property and provide much-needed privacy. Its leaves are feathers. The Leyland Cypress can grow up to 3-4ft in the first year, 15-20ft subsequently, and can reach a maximum height of 60-70ft.
This breed is gigantic and also fast growing. As much as it increases in size, it also continues to pack on girth every year. A particular giant Sequoia tree- General Sherman tree- was measured and calculated to have added 3inches to its girth for 40years.
The giant Sequoia can grow up to 4-6ft in the first year and will keep adding 2ft every year for the next 30 years. The Giant Sequoia may be the thickest of all trees and produces a lot of wood.
This breed of trees will do well in tropical climates because of the rain that falls throughout the year. A particular Acacia tree was planted in Sabah, Malaysia, and it grew up to 35ft in just 13 months.
Nowadays, we have a lot of crossbreds that can grow so fast; its growth is substantial within weeks or months. So if you are thinking of going green and want a beautiful view or serenity in your environment, planting a tree is now easier than ever.