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    Suggest a tree that will grow quickly?

    I've moved into relatively new house and would like to plant a tree that would grow quickly to 15-20 feet and have a fairly wide crown. The goal is to provide some backyard shade as quickly as possible. We live close to Toronto, Canada. Can anyone suggest a good tree to plant?

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    RE: Suggest a tree that will grow quickly?

    (Toronto Canada is in zone 5)

    Hybrid Poplars can grow 5-8 feet a year if given good soil moisture but many won't live over 60-80 years but they can live longer.
    http://www.arborday.org/trees/treegu...tail.cfm?id=31

    Tuliptree
    This is a very nice tree that can grow 2 or more feet a year and can grow very tall and straight and can live a long time.
    http://www.arborday.org/trees/treegu...tail.cfm?id=25

    Quaking Aspen is a fast growing tree that is nice to look at.
    http://www.arborday.org/shopping/tre...ail.cfm?ID=122

    Green Ash is a very nice tree that can grow fast.
    http://www.arborday.org/shopping/tre...tail.cfm?ID=15

    Here are many other fast growing trees that you can buy on Arbor Day site (Make sure they can grow in zone 5):
    http://www.arborday.org/shopping/tre...TrackingID=540

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    RE: Suggest a tree that will grow quickly?

    why dont you try out neem trees

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    Oak
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    RE: Suggest a tree that will grow quickly?

    Are you wanting a tree that tops out at 20 feet or just one that gets there quickly? I like all of the above list except the Ash. They're a favorite of mine but if there is a bug in Michigan (Emerald Ash Borer) spreading quickly and it specialized in killing green and white ash.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

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    RE: Suggest a tree that will grow quickly?

    Hybrid Poplars do grow very quickly, but they are not a wide/round top tree. I planted one 6-8 years ago and it is at least 40 ft' tall, but I bet it's not 15 ft at its widest spot.

    Also, remember that because they're fast growing they're not the sturdiest tree. Ours has endured some hefty wind and snow (northern Indiana), but a mild ice storm really torn it up last year and then it was hit by lightning a couple of months ago. Poor thing hasn't had much luck lately.

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