The Fastest Growing Trees to Plant in Your Yard

You know the saying—"The best time to plant a tree is yesterday"? If you're just getting around to it now and need to fill in your landscape fast, it can be tough to find a tree that won't take decades to mature.

Fortunately, there are some beautiful low-maintenance trees that grow several feet per year, providing environmental benefits as well as economic value to your property without the wait.

I've rounded up my favorite fast-growing trees for privacy, shade, color, blooms and more.


If you love the sweet scent of orange, you’ll want to plant a sweet mock orange (Philadelphus x virginalis) by every window and backyard lounging area, where the shrub will explode in late spring to early summer with deliciously fragrant flowers.


Rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) is one of the most beautiful trees in the world with its second-to-none bark texture and color. As the tree grows, the brown outer bark delicately peels back to reveal the vibrant inner bark.


If you want a tree with a bit more character year-round—but isn’t always green—consider this river birch tree (Betula nigra ‘Cully’). Birch trees are known for their unique peeling bark, which steal the show in winter once the leaves are gone.


I simply can’t get enough of these Limelight hydrangea trees (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ PP12874) because they look like bouquets on a stick! The huge, puffy flowers emerge in soft pastel shades of pink, green and blue in spring, then give way to creamy white blooms later in the season.


I almost hesitate to include this tree on the list, but I have a grove of quaking aspens (Populus tremuloides) in my yard that I absolutely love—despite them being somewhat loathed in suburban neighborhoods for their invasiveness.

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