It’s hard moving into a new house, and not having big trees for privacy or shade. Here are a few suggestions of trees that grow quickly. Most trees that grow quickly have shallow roots, and weak wood. So you might want to consider planting a few slower growing trees to really stay around longer than
1. Willow Tree. (Zones 2-9) The classic beauty of the weeping willow is what most people think of, but there are more than 300 species. This tree grows really quickly, but has very shallow roots, and doesn’t hold up well in windy areas.
2. Tulip Tree. (Zones 4-9) The tulip tree’s unique early-summer flowers will definitely dress up your backyard. But, most varieties won’t flower until the tree is 10 to 12 years old. It is fast-growing, with really good wood strength, and has a lifespan not often seen in fast-growing species.
3. Freeman Maple. (Zones 4–7 ) This is a hybrid maple with brilliant red-orange leaves in the fall. It grows 75–80 feet high by 45–50 feet wide. This is a really pretty tree with big leaves.
4. Japanese Zelkova. ( Zones 5–8) This is a really cool looking tree, it’s vase-shaped with upright arching branches, and rich, dark green leaves. It grows to be 60–70 feet high by 40–50 feet wide. It prefers full sun to partial shade but adapts to a variety of soils. And it tolerates wind, pollution, and drought, making this a very good option when looking for a good shade tree.
5. Dawn redwood. (Zones 5-8) Dawn redwood is a fast-growing, tree that does well in waterlogged soils. The conical tree produces small, light brown cones and soft, needle-shaped green leaves that become orange-brown in fall.
6. Empress tree. (Zones 5-9) Don’t wait decades for the relaxing shade of a large flowering tree. Plant a fast-growing empress tree. It will shoot up quickly, and have blooms even before foliating. It even smells really good.
7. Lombardy Poplar. (Zones 3-9) Lombardy poplars grows fast, and are known for their look, as being tall and narrow. The branches don’t spread out. Then the leaves turn gold in the fall. The only downside to this tree is its often short lived.