If you have just built a new house and have a very bare looking block to landscape, the decision of what trees to plant is one of the major decisions you will have to make. Trees will add character and value to your property, provide shade for entertaining and a cool place for the kids to play. But how long do you want to wait for your newly planted trees to provide these benefits? You will naturally want a yard full of shady trees as soon as possible. Look for the fastest growing trees to landscape your garden.
Here are some of the most popular, fastest growing trees used for shade:
Poinciana (Delonix regia)
These majestic trees are a special favourite of many people when choosing a shade tree. They provide a wide, dense canopy of fern-like leaves, and can grow up to 12 metres high. When in full flower, their bright orange/red flowers provide a wonderful sight. Poinciana are best planted in a corner of your backyard as far away from your house as possible. This is because the large, thick roots could undermine your house slab if planted too close. A Poinciana tree will do double duty as an extra entertainment area on hot a summer’s day.
Yellow Mangosteen (Randia fitzalanii)
This tree is an ideal shade tree for a small yard with no room for a towering giant. It is an evergreen rainforest tree with glossy leaves and fragrant white flowers, growing to a height of 8 metres. An added bonus is the yellow edible fruit that it produces in summer time.
Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)
Jacaranda is another fast-growing shade tree perfect for your garden. They provide a stunning backdrop, particularly when covered in their spectacular, purple flowers. They usually grow to around ten to fifteen metres in height. Like Poinciana, be careful where you plant one. Keep them away from the house, and particularly the swimming pool, to avoid your pool filter becoming clogged with flowers.
Macadamia (Macadamia integrigolia)
A Macadamia tree is a good choice if you want a productive shade tree for your garden. It will provide you with a large supply of delicious nuts every summer. They can also grow into large trees about 20 meters high, but pruning can keep them to a manageable size for a suburban backyard.
Raywood Ash (Fraxinus angustifolia)
Another common name for this tree is the Claret Ash, so called because of its claret-red foliage in autumn. This tree will quickly grow to a height of twelve meters and is suitable for a larger garden.
Even though you are the best judge of the trees you want in your yard, you should get some advice from a plant nursery - the experts on plants and trees. They can also provide you with more information about which are the fastest growing trees used for shade and the most suitable for your particular area.
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