Looking to Add More Shade? Here are Some of the Fastest Growing Trees for the Best Shade

Many homeowners with a good amount of land have trouble finding shade, especially if they’re somewhat of a distance from the woods. The good thing is you can plant trees in your yard that will quickly grow for the shade that you want. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into with maintenance!


Quaking Aspen

The Quaking Aspen is one of the fastest growing trees that you can find to plant. This is one of the best trees to plant if you’re looking to shade a pretty decent area on your land. They can grow between 20-60 feet high with a 20-30-foot spread. With the right exposure to sunlight and water, they can grow more than two feet each year.

Northern Catalpa

The Northern Catalpa is one of the most resilient trees around. It can take a beating from mother nature while providing you with a beautifully shaded tree for your land. They can grow between 40-60-feet. It is a unique tree with twisting trunks and branches, dangling seed pods, and giant heart-shaped leaves. This fast-growing hardy tree is not for every landscape, but it will grow fast and provide a good amount of shade.


Hackberry trees are some of the most resilient trees as well. They can withstand severe weather conditions and varying temperatures. Hackberries also draw in different wildlife birds including bluebirds, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, mockingbirds, cedar waxwings, and other songbirds! These trees only get to about 30-40-feet, but they can withstand many conditions.

Silver Maple

For the Silver Maple, you can expect fast growth and large size for your yard. If you want shade quickly, and you want a larger tree, the Silver Maple is the way to go. This tree, when mature, can get up to 60-80-feet, and it can grow in a wide range of climates and soils.

Weeping Willow

The Weeping Willow isn’t for everybody, but it can be a great addition to your yard if you have the space for it. It has the ability to grow 65-85-feet, and it grows rather quickly. This tree is unique because of its sweeping branches, slender leaves, and the open crown. It’s a giant among trees, so if you’re looking for something small with shade, this isn’t it. If you have a larger yard with a lake or pond, this might be a good tree to plant. The Weeping Willow can grow about 30-40-feet and is rather easy to grow.

At Cold Stream Farm, we supply a plethora of trees for you to choose from when planting. If you’re looking for trees that will give you shade, last long, and are easy to grow, we can help you pick out the perfect tree for the size, arrangement, and conditions of your property.

Contact Cold Stream Farm at 231-464-5809 today or visit us online for more information!