6 Of The Fastest Growing Trees For Your UK Garden

If you are looking to add a tree to your property, you may be thinking that there is no point as you will have to wait for many years before what you plant develops. However, there are some fast growing trees that would be a great choice for your UK garden.

1) Alder

Alder is characterised by the seeds that develop into cone shaped clusters. Its bark is typically a white flecked grey and the leaves are round with serrated edges. It is a deciduous tree that is beneficial to native wildlife by acting as a food source for bees, caterpillars, and birds. Alder trees typically reach around 20m and grow at a rate of 60cm a year.

2) Rowan

It is easy to identify rowan by the bunches of white to cream flowers that bloom during the spring or the red berries that appear during the autumn. Rowan trees have a silvery-brown bark and leaves that are composed of leaflets that are finger-like in shape that are on opposing sides of a stem (pinnate). They tend to grow up to anywhere between 8-15m, growing 20-40cm per year.

3) Common Beech

These trees can grow as tall as 40m with a growth rate of 30-60cm per year. They are identified by the wavy edges of the leaves that stay through winter before being replaced by new leaves in spring. Common beech trees typically have a smooth grey bark, sometimes with horizontal markings.

4) Hazel

A more shrub-like tree that tends to only grow to around 20m when fully matured. It is estimated to grow at a rate of 40-60cm per year making this a great choice for you if you are limited by height restrictions. Usually, young hazel trees have smooth grey bark which cracks as it matures. The leaves of this tree are round, fairly large, and end in a distinctive point.

5) Silver Birch

Silver Birch has a very distinctive white peeling bark and triangular leaves that turn a golden yellow in the autumn. It is a fairly slender tree that can grow up to 15-20m with a growth rate per year of 40cm.

6) Goat Willow

Also known as pussy willow due to the male catkins resemblance to cat paws, this tree remains relatively small and typically grows up to 6-10m and grows at a rate of 40-50cm per year. Aside from the distinctive male catkins, this tree can be identified by its broad leaves and grey-brown bark that develops diamond fissures as it ages.

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