One of the best ways to keep your home cool during the hot summer months is to have shade trees around your house. Shade trees, planted in the right location, can help us save energy and money as well. If you are impatient, you might want to go for the fast growing varieties.
Trees are vital for our Planet. They are helping to remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, they give us oxygen, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. Besides all these, they also can serve to cast shade.
Here are, in no particular order, 10 beautiful fast growing shade trees that you should consider planting around your house.
1. Paper Birch
One of the most beautiful landscape trees that you can have in your backyard is the Paper birch. These white barked trees typically grow up to 20 meters (66 ft) tall with a trunk up to 30 inches (76 cm) in diameter. Birches can also be tapped for their sap, which can be made into birch syrup.
2. Northern Red Oak
This beautiful variety is the Northern Red Oak tree. If you have plenty of space, it is an excellent specimen shade tree. They can grow over 100 feet tall with a trunk diameter of 3 feet, developing a large, broad crown under which you will have plenty of shade.
The leaves turn brilliantly red during the fall!
3. Freeman Maple
This beautiful variety, the Freeman maple is a hybrid of the red maple and silver maple. In the fall it turns into a brilliant red-orange color. The Freeman maple typically grows 75–80 feet high by 45–50 feet wide and it prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil.
4. American Sycamore
The American sycamore tree, also known as the American plane-tree, grows to 75–100 feet tall and develops a massive trunk and broad canopy that casts a dense shade. They grow fast, as much as 6 feet per year so it might be a great choice for your yard.
5. Northern Catalpa
Catalpas are easily recognized due to the long cylindrical, woody pod-like fruits they produce – hence their other common name, cigar tree. The cigar tree also has beautiful large showy flowers but the best thing about this variety is its thickcanopy of large leaves and the rapid growth.