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Posted in Tips and Advice on January 5, 2024

5 Fastest Growing Trees in the Niagara Region

  • Kait Simpson
  • Kait Simpson

    Plant Healthcare Specialist

In the lush Carolinian Forest of Southern Ontario, a biodiversity hotspot, over 50 different tree species thrive.

From the majestic maples to the sturdy oaks, and the resilient hickories to the elegant beech trees, this region is a tree lover’s paradise. Among these, some species stand out for their rapid growth, reaching impressive heights in a relatively short time. Whether you’re a gardening enthusiast or a nature admirer, these fast-growing trees are sure to catch your eye. Let’s explore five of these rapid growers that are perfect for the Niagara Region.

1. Weeping Willow Salix babylonica

The weeping willow, a symbol of grace and growth, is arguably the fastest-growing willow in Ontario. With the ability to grow to an astonishing 6-8ft annually under ideal conditions, these trees are a popular choice for their aesthetic appeal and quick shade.

  • Sun: Full sun or part shade
  • Soil Requirements: Moist, but well drained
  • Hardiness Zone: 6-8

2. Trembling Aspen Populus tremuloides

The Trembling aspen, widespread across Ontario, is easily recognizable by its smooth bark and uniquely shaped leaves that flutter in the wind. These trees can soar up to 25 meters, growing around 5 feet each year.

  • Sun: Full Sun
  • Soil Requirements: well-drained, moist
  • Hardiness Zone: 1-6

3. Dawn Redwood Metasequoia gylptostrobodies

The Dawn Redwood is a living testament to resilience and growth. This ancient tree, once thought extinct, can grow up to 4 feet per year, reaching remarkable heights. It’s known for its pyramidal shape and feathery foliage.

  • Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Soil Requirements: Deep, moist, slightly acidic
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8

4. Pin Oak Quercus palustris

Defying the slow growth typically associated with oaks, the Pin Oak is an exception. This tree can grow 2-3 feet annually, reaching maturity faster than its oak cousins. It’s admired for its distinctive shape and strong wood.

  • Sun: Full Sun
  • Soil Requirements: Well drained, loamy soil
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8

5. Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera

The Tulip Tree, one of the tallest species in the eastern North American forests, is known for its distinctive tulip-shaped flowers and rapid growth rate, often growing over 2 feet per year. This tree adds a unique charm to any landscape.

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Soil Requirements: Moist, well-drained
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9

The Niagara Region’s diverse and fertile landscape provides the perfect backdrop for these fast-growing trees. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your garden, provide quick shade, or simply enjoy the beauty of rapid growth, these trees are the ideal choices. Embracing these natural wonders not only enhances the aesthetic of our surroundings but also contributes to the rich biodiversity of the Carolinian Forest.

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