Growth Rate - Knowledgebase Question

Snohomish, WA
Question by lma22
September 19, 2004
Could you please define or differentiate between "slow grower, moderate grower, and fast grower"? I'm looking for trees to plant next to my fence as a privacy screen and would like to be able to base my choice on how quickly they will attain my desired height. Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
September 19, 2004

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Tree growth rates depend upon species, weather, soil conditions, nutrient and water availability. But, under reasonable conditions, you can expect a slow-growing tree to put on 1'- 2' per year. A good example of a slow growing tree is Ginkgo. An example of a tree with moderate growth rate, about two feet per year or 30 feet in 15 years, is Celtis (Hackberry). A fast-growing tree, such as willow, can grow 3'-5' per year. To find out for sure how fast the trees you've purchased will grow, look each of them up in a good horticulture reference book such as Hortus III. Enjoy your new landscape!

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