Tree/shrub choice - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Zurich, Il
Question by PKNOEBEL
April 16, 2010
What is the fastest growing tree or shrub that will tolerate poor soil and partial sun. Looking for natural road coverage.


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Answer from NGA
April 16, 2010

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Here are a few that will grow in part shade: Red Maple; The red maple or swamp maple, known botanically as the Acer rubrum from the maple family, is a fast-growing wetland tree. Leaves are deciduous. It may get 120 feet tall but typically is 40 to 50 feet tall. Grow in full sun or partial shade in any soil.

River Birch; The river birch, known botanically as the Betula nigra from the birch family, is a fast-growing tree. It gets 50 to 70 feet tall with red-brown bark. Leaves are glossy and 3 inches long, turning yellow in fall. Grow in full sun or partial shade in moist acidic soils.

Silver Maple; The silver maple or white maple, known botanically as the Acer saccharinum from the maple family, is an easy-to-grow, fast-growing tree. It gets 60 to 80 feet tall. Leaves are green on top and silver on bottom and deciduous. Those leaves turn a rich red or yellow in the autumn. Grow in full sun or partial shade in moist to well drained soils.

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