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Fast Growing Shade Tree Suggestion

Posted by ronaldo807 9 (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 8, 12 at 0:13

I'm looking for another fast growing tree to plant in my backyard to provide shade. The area will get full sun. We already have a red maple back there that has grown very well, but I do like some variety. I would prefer something that doesn't have seeds or fruit that our dogs might eat. What trees would you suggest? Thanks for all the help.

I live in Jacksonville, FL.


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RE: Fast Growing Shade Tree Suggestion

you might be able to get away with Eucalyptus cinerea there... the Silver dollar eucalyptus... they are very fast growing in full sun. I have one in Ocala that is doing pretty well.


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RE: Fast Growing Shade Tree Suggestion

Live Oak


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RE: Fast Growing Shade Tree Suggestion

Crape mertle, they are beautiful when in bloom and have a decent blooming cycle, come in a variety of colors, white, pink, lavender, raspberry, maybe more. Love mine.


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RE: Fast Growing Shade Tree Suggestion

1) Evergreen or deciduous? Do you mind if it is bare in winter?
2) How big? Will 20-30 feet do it, or do you want a big ol' tree?

Carol in Jacksonville


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RE: Fast Growing Shade Tree Suggestion

Thank you for the suggestions. I'm looking for a fast growing tree that is going to be similar in size to the red maple if not a little bit bigger. I don't want something that is going to be giant, but also not something that is going to be too small. I also don't have a preference on evergreen or deciduous.


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RE: Fast Growing Shade Tree Suggestion

Just remember that Crepe Myrtles, although they are gorgeous, lose their blooms and seeds all over the place, very bad for sidewalks, or smooth surfaces. I know, I planted 3 of them right where our sidewalk is and they are a mess right now, especially with all the constant rainfall.


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