Trees

debilJune 6, 2006

Hi everyone, hoping your gardens are in full bloom!!I am looking to plant a tree that will get very large, very fast. Any ideas?

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westhighlandblue(z6 PA)

How big?

I planted a 5 gal. fraxinus pennsylvanica (Green Ash), a fast growing native, which is growing by leaps and bounds. Its a good tree because its a vigorous grower when young and although it hits 50-60 in height and 20-30 in width at maturity, it won't displace your concrete sidewalks. Despite its fast growth rate, candidly, I wish I had bought a larger, tree. Then I'd have a pretty substantial addition in just a couple years time.

A quercus palustris (Pin Oak) is another fast growing native that will grow larger than a Green Ash (add 20 feet to height and width). Like a Green Ash a Pin Oak does not have an invasive roots system, so it won't displace your sidewalk, either.

Both trees transplant easily and tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions.

Both trees live a long time, about 75 years.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2006 at 11:02AM
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Pipersville_Carol(z6 Bucks PA)

The native tulip poplar is a handsome tree, too. A fast growing hardwood, VERY tall (over 100 feet, I think). People say they're messy, but that puzzles me... the one we planted doesn't seem to make a mess. It was about 10 feet tall 2 years ago, and is easily 20 feet tall now.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2006 at 1:26PM
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naturenut_pa(z6 PA)

Dawn redwood, aka "Metasequoia glyptostroboides", aka "Dinosaur Tree".
Growth rate: 1 to 3 feet per year.
Fine needle pin foliage, but not evergreen.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dawn Redwood information

    Bookmark   June 9, 2006 at 11:50AM
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alexander3_gw(6 Pennsylvania)

I'lll second the dawn redwood suggestion. Sycamore is another fast grower that gets large but is not prone to breakage.

Alex

    Bookmark   June 11, 2006 at 12:18AM
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