Fast Growing Trees For The Garden

From the colossal primeval sequoia to the fast-growing bluebell tree, these deciduous and coniferous trees are true growth rockets.

Fast growing deciduous trees


With their imposing growth and lush foliage, fast-growing deciduous trees are decorative shade trees for the garden.

Maple-leaved plane tree (Platanus x hispanica)


This giant of a tree towers over all others – and therefore should only be planted in large garden areas. Its high arching crown can grow up to 20 meters wide and offers shade within a short time.
Height of growth: up to 30 meters
Growth / year: 50 cm
Habitat: little shade, moderately acidic, sandy or loamy soil

Bluebell Tree / Paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa)


With its magnificent blue-violet flowers and round crown, the bluebell tree is a real feast for the eyes. In the fall, it forms decorative capsule fruits that remain on the tree even after opening. But beware: the bluebell tree has been given the status of a potentially invasive species in Europe and is on the gray list of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).
Height of growth: 10 to 15 meters
Growth / year: 40 to 70 cm
Habitat: protected from wind, sunny, acidic to alkaline soil

Mountain ash / Common rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)


This natural shade tree is not only one of the fast-growing trees, but also a rich bee pasture and a native plant – ideal for those who want to garden sustainably.
Height of growth: up to 15 meters
Growth / year: 30 to 70 cm
Habitat: little shade with moderately dry soil

Fast Growing Trees For The Garden

Japanese Clove Cherry (Prunus serrulata)


The Japanese clove cherry is a real eye-catcher in the garden. Although it blooms only briefly, it is all the more spectacular for it. Tip: After planting, be sure to provide the clove cherry with plenty of water during the first few years. In time, its thirst will subside.
Height of growth: 7 to 10 meters
Growth / year: 40 to 70 cm
Habitat: full sun, slightly calcareous soil

Sal willow/ catkin willow (Salix caprea)


With its yellow willow catkins, this native small tree attracts many insects and is considered a bee-friendly plant. The sal willow is extremely low maintenance and and can develop a crown width of up to seven meters.
Height of growth: 500 to 800 cm
Growth/year: 50 to 100 cm
Habitat: sunny to semi-shady, normal garden soil

Fast Growing Trees For The Garden

Norway maple (Acer platanoides).


This native tree not only grows very quickly when young, but is also extremely hardy. As a shade tree in the garden, its broad crown is ideal and its flowers provide plenty of nectar for insects in the summer. In autumn, this tree delights us with yellow and red leaves.
Height of growth: 20 to 30 meters
Growth / year: 40 to 60 cm
Habitat: sunny to semi-shady, loamy and calcareous soil

Trumpet tree (Catalpa bignonioides).


Its spreading, dense crown can grow up to 12 meters wide in the case of the trumpet tree. To prevent this fast-growing tree from growing too much over your head, you should plant it as a specimen tree.
Height of growth: up to 18 meters
Growth / year: 30 to 50 cm
Habitat: little shade, protected from wind, loamy soil

Fast Growing Trees For The Garden

Fast growing conifers


Whether used as privacy screens, shade trees or evergreen hedges, conifers have many uses in the garden.

Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica)


You know it from many parks: the fast-growing Blue Atlas Cedar thrives almost everywhere and can reach a width of 6 to 8 meters.
Height of growth: 10 to 20 meters
Growth / year: 30 to 50 cm
Habitat: sunny, well-drained soil

European yew (Taxus baccata)


As the name suggests, the yew is a native tree. The yew is suitable not only as a free-growing soloist in the garden, but can also be used for hedges, for example, as a screen.
Height of growth: 200 cm to 1 meter
Growth/year: 20 to 30 cm
Habitat: sunny to semi-shady, normal garden soil

Common Juniper (Juniperus communis)


The common juniper is considered a native tree and has a great advantage over other trees or shrubs: it grows best on lean and rather dry soils. This makes it interesting even for difficult locations. Its fruits ripen within two to three years and can then be used in one’s own kitchen.
Height of growth: 500 to 800 cm
Growth/year: 20 to 40 cm
Habitat: sunny to semi-shady, nutrient-poor soil

Fast Growing Trees For The Garden

Japanese Sickle Fir (Cryptomeria japonica)


The Japanese Sickle Fir is one of the most beautiful conifers in the world. Conveniently, it is also one of the fast growing trees. As a young tree it grows almost one meter per year. Tip: Since it has similar soil requirements as the rhododendron, it is worth planting both shrubs together.
Height of growth: up to 20 meters
Growth / year: 50 to 80 cm
Habitat: sunny, protected from wind, humus-rich, moderately moist soil

Fast Growing Trees For The Garden

Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)


The giant sequoia is also known as the ‘Chinese redwood’. With its height of growth and annual growth, it is the undisputed winner in the race of the tree colossi. This is another reason why its growth height should be taken into account when planning a garden – it is therefore not suitable for small gardens.
Height of growth: 35 to 40 meters
Growth / year: 60 to 100 cm
Habitat: little shade, moderately acid soil

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)


Slender with a conical crown and even native to Europe, Scots pine grows quickly and frugally as long as it gets enough sun.
Height of growth: 15 to 30 meters
Growth / year: 40 to 50 cm
Habitat: sunny, moderately acid soil

Fast Growing Trees For The Garden

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