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Should I steer clear of these "fast-growing" shade trees?

Posted by timsondrup 6 (My Page) on
Mon, May 12, 14 at 16:58

I just planted the following fast-growing shade trees in my front and back yards: Royal Empress (Paulownia elongata), Hybrid Poplar (Populus), and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus cinerea)

After discovering that the Eucalyptus tree is prone to breaking and has shallow roots, I decided it would probably be best to go with a different tree. Upon doing research on the other two trees, I found that the hybrid poplar (or any tree of the Populus variety) is not recommended. I was't able to find any downsides to the Royal Empress.

I live in Northern Utah, right along the bench. Any advice offered will be considered. Thanks!

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RE: Should I steer clear of these "fast-growing" shade trees?

I am no help with anything but vegetables. Sorry.

I am glad people are using the Utah forum though. Welcome!

You might have to try one of the other forums here on garden web, if you cant find an answer here. This has been an incredibly useful site for me to get answers and help.

Good Luck!


RE: Should I steer clear of these "fast-growing" shade trees?

Generaly fast growing trees are going to be weaker than the slower growing trees. What some people do is plant both fast and slow growing trees. The fast trees give shade sooner. Then as the slower stronger trees catch up and provide shade, the faster weak trees are removed before they become a hazard.

So you could leave them in for now with the plan to remove them at some point, and plant your prefered better suited trees.

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