Answer: One of the most often asked questions is "how fast will it grow?". The growth rate of any tree will depend on the site conditions, including soil type, watering, and fertilization. Some fast-growing deciduous trees that require minimal care include American Elm (Ulmus americana), Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum), and Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis). Each will reach 25' or more in 10 years. Cottonwood is is a member of the poplar family, and provides fast growth, especially when planted near sources of water such as rivers and streams. Choose Populus trichocarpa (Black Cottonwood), or P. angustifolia (Narrowleaf Cottonwood), as either do well in elevations up to 8,000'.
Give your new trees a good start by loosening the soil well, in an area larger than the rootmass of the tree. Backfill, then plant so the trees are at the same soil level as they were growing in the containers. Follow up by providing water on a weekly basis until the trees are established (usually one growing season). Once established, your trees should need minimal encouragement to grow to their mature heights of 60' to 150'.
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