quick shade tree

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by centexguy, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. centexguy

    centexguy Well-Known Member

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    Hello, I need some fast growing shade trees to plant near my pond and animal pens. I know good trees dont grow fast, but I was thinking i could plant some fast Trees for some shade then some nice oaks or whatever nearby then I could cut down the fast trees when the oaks have gotten big enough. I live near Waco Texas. What would grow here well and wheres the cheapest place to buy them?
     
  2. DW

    DW plains of Colorado Supporter

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    cottonwoods and elms are fast growers but I don't know if they'd go in TX.
     

  3. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Sweetgum, willow, poplar come to mind.

    Want me to send you some Sweetgum trees? We have them everywhere!
     
  4. Bruce in NE

    Bruce in NE Well-Known Member

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    Australian willow grow faster than most any other tree. Mine grow at least 6 ft. a year and they would probably grow a lot faster in TX. They don't spread by suckers. Get to be about 30-40 ft. tall.
     
  5. Hank - Narita

    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

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    What are sweet gum trees and will they grow in the desert? Do they lose their leaves in winter?
     
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    primroselane Well-Known Member

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    Chinaberry, Tallow, Hackberry, Bois d'arc, Cottonwood, Cedar elm, Sycamore, Weeping willow.
     
  7. droit

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    I have a majestic american elm that has grown to 60 ft in the back acre, they have traditionally upswept branches, black cherry, and my favorite southern tree the Magnolia is great for shade, although not so fast growing.
     
  8. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    They do lose their leaves in the Fall...very pretty colors. Want me to send you some?


    Sweet Gum Facts
    Mature Height : 60-80 feet
    Mature Spread : 40-50 feet
    Mature Form : Pyramidal to conical
    Growth Rate : Moderate to rapid
    Sun Exposure : Sun to partial shade
    Soil Moisture : Widely adaptable
    Soil Type : Widely adaptable
    Flower Color : insignificant
    Foliage Color : Green
    Fall Color : orange , scarlet, purple
    Zones : 5-9

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