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  1. #1
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    Jun 2005
    North-East Indiana

    'Quick' Trees

    Howdy all, I'm back with another newbie question. I'm in a new subdivision and looking to get some trees. I know I want a few evergreens which are fairly slow growers (just have to convince my wife we want a few of them) but I also want some trees that are going to grow quickly to provide some shade around the house. I've read that the Poplar Hybrid is a fast grower, what is the downside of these trees...I'm sure you don't get a plus without some short of minus. I've also seen alot about a Paulowina(sp?) tree? whats the deal with this tree, from what I've seen it shoots up like made, but again, whats the downside of this tree (other than the monster leaves, 2 feet?!)
    Thanks all for your help! I look forward to having some green around the house! OH! also, whats the thoughts on the american hazelnut, I had thought about placing 2 or 3 of these along the street in front on the house, but I'm not sure I want all those nuts all over the place....course it would draw the squirrels that I'm hopeing to have playing around the house soon

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    Super Moderator Oak Quirky Quercus's Avatar
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    Oct 2004

    RE: 'Quick' Trees

    As you've pretty much nailed it, there's a balance you have to find between super fast growing with drawbacks for residential use and the slower growing trees. Hybrid poplar is more a utility tree, used at farms for windbreaks, shelterbelts and to screen things like landfills or water towers. They are also harvested. They aren't particularly long lived nor is their wood very strong. There's a lot of people who hate them. I like them and think they definitely have their place.... but not in a residential small yard.

    Anyway that balance usually falls somewhere in the vicinity of Oak street and Maple lane. Medium growth rate but many types are relatively pest free and long lived. They have more to offer for ornamental purposes.

    If you look deep down, what you want has problably not so much growth rate but instead you want to see something substancial there and soon. So if that's the case just bite the bullet and buy a big tree. They can cost a lot and take longer to establish but you will probably be happier with that rather than waiting years.

    Regarding the Paulownia.... Do yourself a favor and forget you even thought of it.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2005
    North-East Indiana

    RE: 'Quick' Trees

    I have to thank you for all of your help Tax, I really apprecaite it. I figure your right and I'll just bite the bullet and pick out one larger tree to have planted, and the rest of them in the 4 to 6 foot tall range. Looks like its Red Maple and Tulip trees for me

  4. #4
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    Oct 2004
    Ocala, FL

    RE: 'Quick' Trees

    Good choices!

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    Super Moderator Oak Quirky Quercus's Avatar
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    Oct 2004

    RE: 'Quick' Trees

    I love Tulip Poplar as a fast growing native alternative. Luckily I have them growing all over the place here and they recently bloomed. I think it's the most prevalent species growing in my area. They are fast growing but they are big trees too so you might look around for some cultivars like 'Fastigiatum' that only get to a small or medium size. You will probably have to special order them but it would be a better idea in my opinion to try to find the tree that will comfortably fit in the spot if you were short on space.

    Red maple is also nice. Don't know that you can go wrong with those and they are relatively inexpensive. I saw some 'October Glory' red maples at a nursery the other day that were 45 gallon, 3.5" diameter and about 15' tall for $189 or so.

  6. #6
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    May 2005
    Central New york

    RE: 'Quick' Trees

    You said you were interested in evergreens. Check out white pine as it is a very nice looking tree, long-lived, and grows relatively fast. If it likes where it is , they will grow @ 2' per year. They provide a light screen because of the layered branches unlike the opaque spruces and arborvitaes.

    Thornless honeylocust will also grow fast (@2' per year) and give a light shade.

    Red oak and pin oak can grow 2' per year as well and would be much denser tree at maturity.

  7. #7
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    Jun 2005
    North-East Indiana

    RE: 'Quick' Trees

    I'm not overly worried about the size of the trees, have a very large front yard, and a fairly good back yard as well. I figure the Red Maples will be about the perfect size, and the tulip should be pretty good in the back with little to no problems as long as they don't fall on the house anyway if they do, well, that sucks but no sense living for the worst I figure.

    Thanks for the advice on the evergreen as all I have to do is convisnce my wife that she likes evergreens.

  8. #8
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    Jun 2005
    North-East Indiana

    RE: 'Quick' Trees

    Took a look at the white pine, I think that one might get to be to large...same with the tulip from the looks of it...which is a shame, cause I like both of them. So I'm back to red maple, which is cool because I love them in the fall. So I'm leaning towards Dogwood on the street line (wife loves those) and red maple in the front and back yards. Thanks for all the help guys

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