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Flowering Tree X-Large size, 7-15 gal pot

This item is for local sale of large size flowering...  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Pikake - Fragrant Flower Booster

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7-15 gal pots, pick up or delivery
In stock
$99.95

Tropical Fruit Tree X-Large size, 7-15 gal pot

This item is for local sale of large size fruit trees.

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Pikake - Fragrant Flower Booster

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7-15 gal pots, pick up or delivery
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$159.95

Azadirachta indica - Neem Tree

Big tree taller than 20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterEdible plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical 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.Fragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant 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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Grown in
14"/7 gal pot, large, pick up only
2 plants in stock
$119.95
 

Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree, grafted
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Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

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

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, grafted
In stock
$59.95
Sale $49.95

Bauhinia monandra - Napoleons Plume Orchid Tree

Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunDry conditionsWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plant

Napoleons Plume Orchid tree. The blossom is spectacular,...  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
9 plants in stock
$49.95

Bauhinia purpurea - Purple Orchid tree
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Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunDry conditionsRed, crimson, vinous flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

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

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
In stock
$39.95
Sale $19.95

Bauhinia variegata purple - Orchid Tree

Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPink flowersDeciduous plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

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

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot
In stock
$49.95

Bauhinia x alba (candida) - White orchid tree

Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Bauhinia variegata alba, White orchid tree, White...  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
1 plant in stock
Last one
$39.95

Bombax ceiba - Red Kapok tree

Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plant

Red Kapok tree is a remarkable tree with spectacular...  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, very large plant
In stock
$49.95

Callistemon citrinus - Weeping Red Bottlebrush

Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

Weeping red Bottlebrush. Callistemon citrinus (Melaleuca...  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
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Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot, large plant
In stock
$39.95

Cananga odorata - Ylang Ylang

Big tree taller than 20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical 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.Fragrant plant

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

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Pikake - Fragrant Flower Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
14"/ 7 gal pot, maybe topped for shipping
In stock
$99.95

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree

Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersSeaside, salt tolerant plant

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

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
In stock
$39.95

Cassia javanica - Apple Blossom Tree

Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Cassia javanica - Apple Blossom Tree. Beautiful pink...  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
3 Plants in stock
$69.95

Ceiba pentandra - Kapok Tree

Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunDry conditionsModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersThorny or spinyPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

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

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, large plant
In stock
$59.95

Chorisia (ceiba) speciosa - Pink Silk Floss Tree

Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterPink flowersThorny or spinyPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Pink Silk Floss Tree. One of the most beautiful trees...  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster

This item can not be shipped. Pick up only. We can provide local delivery around Ft. Myers or Sebring, Florida. Contact us for an estimate.
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This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
14"/7 gal pot, large, pick up only
3 Plants in stock
$119.95

Coccoloba uvifera - Sea Grape

Plant used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterEdible plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

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

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Robusta - Rapid Growth Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
5 Plants in stock
$29.95

Enterolobium cyclocarpum - Monkey Ear
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Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersDeciduous plant

Monkey Ear, Ear Pod Tree, Elephant Ear Tree. Large...  more
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot
2 plants in stock
$49.95
Sale $19.95

Eucalyptus deglupta - Rainbow Eucalyptus

Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunModerate waterKeep soil moistRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersSpice or herb plantFlood tolerant plant

Eucalyptus deglupta - Rainbow Eucalyptus - the most...  more
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
8 plants in stock
$69.95

Ficus religiosa - Bo-Tree, Peepal, Sacred Ficus

Big tree taller than 20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterFlood tolerant plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Bo-Tree, Sacred Ficus. This large deciduous tree is...  more
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, large plant
1 Plant in stock
Last one
$69.95

Filicium decipiens - Japanese Fern Tree

Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowers

Japanese Fern Tree. Nice shade tree, very dense evergreen...  more
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
In stock
$39.95

Jacaranda mimosifolia (acutifolia)
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Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Jacaranda trees are known for their stunning purple...  more
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot
In stock
$49.95
Sale $39.95

Kigelia pinnata - Sausage tree

Big tree taller than 20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterDeciduous plantEthnomedical 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.Fragrant plant

Sausage tree - curious specimen tree with large 1-2...  more
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
5 plants in stock
$69.95

Koelreuteria paniculata (bipinnata) - Golden Rain Tree
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Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical 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.Subtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

One of the most spectacular trees of subtopics that...  more
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
In stock
$39.95
Secret Garden half price: $19.98

Lagerstroemia speciosa - Queen Crape Myrtle

Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantEthnomedical 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.Flood tolerant plant

Queen Crape Myrtle, Queens flower, Pride of India....  more
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
3 Plants in stock
$59.95

Lonchocarpus capassa (Philenoptera violacea) - Mupandapanda
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Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical 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.Fragrant plant

Synonym: Lonchocarpus capassa. Apple Leaf, Rain Tree,...  more
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
7 Plants in stock
$39.95
Secret Garden half price: $19.98

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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!