The Q&A Archives: Shade trees

Question: What are other fast growing shade trees, other than the silver maple?

Answer: Some good choices for your region include Palo Verde "Desert Museum" - Green bark, Yellow blooms, Thornless 20' 25' Low water use, Deciduous. Desert Willow - Pink, purple or white flowers available 25' 15' Low water use, Deciduous. Littleleaf Ash - Small patio tree. Multi-trunk. 15' 8' Low water use, Semi-Evergreen. Honey Mesquite - Multi-trunk. Sweet bean pods 25' 25' Low water use, Deciduous. Mexican Blue Oak - Bluish foliage. 25' 20' Evergreen . Escarpment Live Oak - Deep green leaves provide heavy shade. Native to Pecos River, 40' 40' Low water use, Semi-Evergreen. Western Soapberry - Creamy white blossoms (followed by marble size berries) 30' 20', Deciduous.

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