The Q&A Archives: shade trees

Question: I live in the Northern Inland Coastal Region (Santa Clara to be exact)What kind of fast growing shade tree should I plant. Full sun all afternoon. We have some lovely crepe myrtle around us but I don't know how fast growing they are. Thank you for you help.
Ruth Arthur

Answer: Crape myrtles are considered relatively fast growing trees. You might also consider Zelkova (Zelkova serrata): A well proportioned round headed tree, eventually becoming vase shaped. A close relative of the elm but relatively pest free. Red Maple (Acer rubrum) is another fast growing tree. This one has a rounded crown with upward reaching branches. Adaptable to many soils, tolerates moisture and alkalinity. Or, you might like Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis). It flowers in the spring, has an umbrella shape, and is drought tolerant once established.

Hope one of these trees is just right for your landscape!

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