Fastest Growing Trees for NJ Landscapes

Closeup of Eucalyptus leaves on tree

Beautiful and majestic trees take time to grow and mature but not if you know the right kind of specimen for your space. If you have been looking at your landscape this spring and wishing you had mature trees for shade, privacy or added beauty, then check out our list of the top five fastest growing trees for your New Jersey landscape.  It will help you decide how to increase your property’s value, attractiveness and efficacy.

Eucalyptus Tree

Eucalyptus Tree Closeup

Grows and average of 3-6 feet a year with a mature height of about 40 feet and width of 15 feet.

This tree is drought tolerant and keeps its leaves throughout winter which means no leaves to rake and some color for your winter landscape.

Eucalyptus Trees repels mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

This tree enjoys full sun and will provide a better canopy if it is in the sun for most of the day.

It is best to plant this tree away from other plants in your yard because of its shallow roots that will take water and other nutrients from its neighboring plant life.

Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow Tree

One of the most popular shade trees because of its sweeping branches and long slender leaves that create cooler temperatures under the tree to enjoy and relax.

Weeping Willow trees are thought of as the earliest detectors of spring as they typically begin to show yellow and green blooms as early as February.

When fully grown a Weeping Willow tree will be about 30 to 40 feet tall with a width of 30 feet.

This tree will grow about 24 inches a year which will provide a considerable amount of shade and beauty to your property almost immediately.

Weeping Willow trees are perfect for wet areas in a yard or near ponds and lakes.

Eastern White Pine


Will reach a mature height of 50 to 80 feet tall with a growing rate of over 24 inches per year.

This tree is tolerant of all soil types and can grow in acidic, moist, wet and rocky soils but it need full sunlight for at least 4 hours a day to reach its full potential.

Eastern White Pines have long blue-green needles and produce brown cones with smooth scales that will attract various species of wildlife to your landscape.

This tree transplants well and can be used on your landscape as a windbreak which aides in cutting down on heating/cooling cost inside of your home.

Eastern White Pines can be sensitive to air pollution and compacted soil so planting this tree away from the road and checking your landscape for erosion can minimize these issues.

Leyland Cypress

Leyland Cypress

These trees transplants well and are often used to create privacy from neighboring yards because it grows quickly and will form a type of green wall when planted near each other.

Leyland Cypress trees grow up to 120 feet high and 15 feet wide but they can be pruned and trimmed into a variety of pleasing shapes to keep with the ascetic of your lawn.

This tree will grow about 24 inches a year and can be transplanted into your landscape with ease even a more mature age than other trees on this list.

Leyland Cypress trees will grow best in full sun and also become fuller and taller at a faster rate in these conditions.

Tulip Poplar Tree

Tulip Tree

This tree is considered both an ornamental and shade tree because of its fullness and beauty.

Tulip trees will grow to a height of about 70 to 90 feet with a growing rate of about 24 inches per year.

This type of tree need sun for about six hours a day but is tolerant to drought conditions.

Although you won’t see the tree’s tulip shaped leaves the first few years of its bloom, the wait will be worth it as it blooms into a true eye-catcher in the spring and summer months.

October Glory Maple


The October Glory maple grows at a fast rate, maxing out at up to 24 inches per year. At full maturity, this tree reaches a soaring height of 40-50 feet tall.

The October Glory Maple tree features large, dark green leaves that grow up to 6 inches in length. Its leaves turn a brilliant orange/red in the late fall and add a pop of color with its red blooms in the spring.

The October glory maple grows best in acidic, moist, well-drained, or clay soils. For optimal growth, it needs full sun for at least 4 hours each day.

Cleveland Pear Tree


The Cleveland Pear is a beautiful flowering tree that has a lovely scent in the spring when it blooms.

This tree can withstand -10 degrees Fahrenheit and flourishes in Zones 5 to 8. It is a great tree for New Jersey properties.

Cleveland Pear trees average at a growth rate of 4 feet per year and stand at 30 to 40 feet tall once they mature.

Additionally, these trees grow uniformly, so they don’t need to be pruned constantly.

The dainty white blooms in the spring and vibrant orange foliage in the fall can spruce up any landscape and provide curb appeal.

Arbor Day Foundation Planting Zone Map

For more information about trees that will grow well in zone 7 in New Jersey, call today to speak with a certified and fully insured arborist.


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