The Lombardy Poplar is one of the fastest growing, climbing a staggering 3.6 metres a year. Eventually reaching its full height of 20 metres in just over five years.

Other common UK trees, like the Weeping Willow, grows up to 2.4 metres a year reaching its mature height of 15 metres in around six years.

We’ve researched those that grow quickly and will bring additional interest to your garden in years, rather than decades.

Trees have lots of important roles to play in the garden, as do garden buildings such as greenhouses. The added interest, create shade and are great habitats for wildlife.

1. Weeping Willow


You’ll often find this towering tree planted in tight rows to form a screen. It grows around 3.6 metres a year and reaches around 20 metres tall.

3. Dawn Redwood


This evergreen gives your garden a year-round burst of colour and grows up to 2.4 metres a year. Left untrimmed, the tree can grow to 20 metres.

Just imagine a jungle full of Eucalyptus trees. Hmm, what a concept, right?

5. Silver Birch


This is a durable tree which can grow anywhere. It does need lots of water – up to 90 litres a week as a sapling – but will reward you by growing up to a metre a year, reaching 27 metres.

7. Italian Cypress


There are lots of maples to choose from and they all grow quickly, apart from the Japanese maples or Acers. These grow to 24 metres tall, around 60 cm a year.

9. Tulip Poplar

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