Fast growing shade trees


Azadirachta indica - Neem Tree

Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Neem tree - used cosmetically and medicinally by many...  more

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SUNSHINE Robusta - Rapid Growth Booster
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
5 plants in stock
$82.95

Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree, grafted

Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree. The most...  more

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Grown in
6"/1 gal pot, grafted
In stock
$52.95

Bauhinia monandra - Napoleons Plume

Big tree > 20 ftFull sunDry conditionsPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Napoleon's Plume Orchid tree - rare spectacular variety...  more

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SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
4 plants in stock
$47.95

Bauhinia purpurea - Purple Orchid tree

Big tree > 20 ftFull sunDry conditionsPink flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Purple Orchid tree, butterfly tree. Vigorous shade...  more

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SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
In stock
$42.95

Bauhinia variegata purple - Orchid Tree

Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

The slightly fragrant flowers are reminiscent of showy...  more

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SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, large plant
In stock
$37.95

Bombax ceiba - Red Kapok tree

Big tree > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Red Kapok tree. It is a lowland tree with spectacular...  more

RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER:
SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot, large plant
In stock
$47.95
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Cananga odorata - Ylang Ylang

Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree. Famous...  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
8 Plants in stock
$62.95

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree

Big tree > 20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow/orange flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Golden shower tree, Indian Laburnum - To many tropical...  more

RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER:
SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
9 Plants in stock
$52.95

Ceiba pentandra - Kapok Tree

Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Kapok Tree, Silk Cotton Tree - A majestic tropical...  more

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SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot, large plant
In stock
$42.95
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Coccoloba uvifera - Sea Grape

Can be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Seagrape. Popular plant used as an ornamental in gardens...  more

RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER:
SUNSHINE Robusta - Rapid Growth Booster
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
In stock
$27.95

Enterolobium cyclocarpum - Monkey Ear

Big tree > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Monkey Ear, Ear Pod Tree, Elephant Ear Tree. Large...  more
Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot
6 plants in stock
$42.00

Eucalyptus deglupta - Rainbow Eucalyptus

Big tree > 20 ftFull sunKeep soil moistModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersSpice or herbSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant

Eucalyptus deglupta - Rainbow Eucalyptus - the most...  more
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
4 plants in stock
$67.95

Flamboyant tree, Royal poinciana, Delonix regia

Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Royal poinciana - one of the most popular tropical...  more
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
In stock
$47.95
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Ice Cream Bean tree Machete, Inga spectabilis

Big tree > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The Inga spectabilis is very rare in cultivation....  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
In stock
$52.95

Jacaranda mimosifolia (acutifolia)

Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Jacaranda tree - one of the most impressive ornamental...  more
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
In stock
$27.95

Lonchocarpus capassa (Philenoptera violacea) - Mupandapanda

Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterPink flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Synonym: Lonchocarpus capassa. Apple Leaf, Rain Tree,...  more
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500 ml (16 oz)
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Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
In stock
$32.95

Magnolia (Michelia) champaca - Joy Perfume Tree, Champaka, large size

Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterYellow/orange flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Champaka, or Joy Perfume Tree, with orange / yellow...  more

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See picture of the actual plants for sale

Grown in
14"/7 gal pot, large plant
In stock
$129.95

Magnolia (Michelia) x Alba - White Champaka, Large size, grafted

Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

White champaka - these grafted plants start blooming right away! The white flowers of this variety have more delicate fragrance than regular yellow Champaca, and the Alba variety is more reliable bloomer. Flowers are used for making the most expensive perfume Joy. This variety of Champaca is better suited for pot growing. It's grafted and will bloom much sooner comparing to Yellow Champaca.
7 gal pot. More developed root system, thicker trunk and branches. Plant height depends on growing season and variety. Dwarf varieties are slow growers and may be shorter. Contact us for exact size description if size/height matters to you. 7 gal plants may be shipped separately from other items by Ground service due to large size. See here time in transit (business days, excluding Sat-Sun!)
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SUNSHINE Pikake - Fragrant Flower Booster
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500 ml (16 oz)
$14.00
  $9.00
Add to cart
Grown in
14"/7 gal pot, grafted, large plant
In stock
$199.95

Melia azedarach - Chinaberry tree

Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Poisonous or toxicSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Chinaberry tree. Small tree, with lilac-purple flowers...  more

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SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
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500 ml (16 oz)
$14.00
  $9.00
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Grown in
6"/1 gal pot, large plant
In stock
$37.95
Sale $5.95

Pachira aquatica (Bombax glabra) - Malabar Peanut, Guiana Chestnut

Can be used for bonsaiBig tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Malabar Peanut, Guiana Chestnut. Beautiful flowering...  more

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SUNSHINE C-Cibus - Crop Nutrition Booster
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946 ml (1 qt)
$19.00
  $14.00
Add to cart
500 ml (16 oz)
$14.00
  $9.00
Add to cart
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, large plant
In stock
$42.95

Solanum macranthum - Giant Potato Tree

Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Giant Potato tree. Showy fast growing specimen tree...  more

RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER:
SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, large plant
In stock
$42.95

Magnolia (Michelia) x alba - White Champaka, grafted

Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

White champaca - these grafted plants start blooming right away! The white flowers of this variety have more delicate fragrance than regular yellow Champaca, and the Alba variety is more reliable bloomer. Flowers are used for making the most expensive perfume Joy. This variety of Champaca is better suited for pot growing. It's grafted and will bloom much sooner comparing to Yellow Champaca.

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SUNSHINE Pikake - Fragrant Flower Booster

See picture of the actual plants for sale (9/2021)

Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, very large plant
 

Fast Growing Shade Trees Q&A

So you want some shade and you would like to have it as soon as possible?

People always ask "what is the best fast growing shade tree for my backyard?" There are several fast growing shade trees available so it is going to depend a lot on the size of your yard and your personal likes and dislikes. For our purposes, we will be talking about the best tropical shade trees. Some of the trees you will see here can also be grown in subtropical climates if they are given protection from frost while they are still young. Do you want a tree that will give shade to the house to help keep it cooler? If so, and you have the room, you may want to consider the Royal Poinciana. It does take a lot of space as it can spread to 40 ft wide or more. Other questions to ask are would you prefer a tree with beautiful flowers or how about one with abundant fruit? The best shade trees are going to be those trees that check most of your needs and wants boxes. Other large trees that will give you plenty of shade are:

What are good smaller shade trees?

Maybe you are looking for something a little smaller. If you have a smaller yard or even just a patio on which to grow a tree, there are still many trees that grow fast and stay on the smaller side. One of the fastest growing small trees is the Moringa oleifera tree. It does require trimming to make it branch out and if left untrimmed, it can reach upwards of 15-20 ft in one growing season. Unfortunately it will not give much shade if left to grow straight up. As you trim this tree to help it branch out, you can also eat the leaves you have cut. They go great in a salad. It also produces long green pods that have been compared to a cross between peanuts and asparagus. The roots of the Moringa tree have also been used as a substitute for horseradish giving the tree the nickname of the Horseradish tree. Staying with the edible tree theme, there are also a few mango trees that are classified as dwarf or semi-dwarf and can be kept to 15 ft or less. There are also a couple of avocado varieties such as the Wurtz, which is a true dwarf, and the Fuerte which is a semi dwarf and can be kept on the small side as well.

A great fast growing tree for the front yard is one of the Bauhinia family of trees. They are classified as large trees as they can reach over 20 ft tall at maturity, but most of them stay around 15–18 ft. Many of them produce beautiful flowers in the winter and spring, although some flower year round. They are large enough to produce some nice shade for your yard where you can put a nice bench or seat to just sit and enjoy the view and yet they are small enough that they will not get too large for the neighborhood. In this same size range is the Chinaberry tree. This tree will also grow to around 20ft tall , is very fast growing and has beautiful lilac-purple flowers that have a sweet vanilla like fragrance.This tree is also a little more cold hardy than some as it has been reported to grow as far north as zone 7. The Giant Potato tree is another fast growing small shade tree. It will grow to about 15 ft in height and has a spreading type canopy that will produce abundant purple flowers in a short time.

Can you saggest other fast growing trees?

We have talked about large trees and small trees, but what about some of those other needs you may have. What about low maintenance fast growing shade trees? Well, consider the Sea Grape tree. It is very easy to grow and if several are planted in a row, they can make a great boundary for your yard and also produce a small, edible grape that is often used to make jellies. These trees are great for those living near the ocean as they tolerate the salt spray very well.

Another great border tree is the Magnolia champaca also known as the Joy Perfume tree as the flowers from this tree are used to make the famous perfume by that name. It grows with an upright shape to about 15-20 feet in height. It makes a great border tree when planted in a row with others and it can also be grown in a large container. It is somewhat cold tolerant.

Shade trees in the yard

Having shade trees in the yard is a great way to help beautify your property and it makes a great place to sit and relax. Maybe you can plant a nice shade garden under one of your trees. Add a water feature and it may just become one of your favorite spots to relax. The fast growing large trees listed above would be perfect for that. Surround your shade trees with shade loving flowers for even more color in the landscape.

Where to buy fast growing shade trees?

You can find plenty of shade trees for sale in our online store. If you are looking for shade trees for sale near you and you are in the Southwest Florida, Ft. Myers area, please visit our Garden Center located at 13890 Orange River Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33905 and see our collection of fast growing shade trees. You may find a few surprises!