Shade is a necessity in Arizona, because of the high temperatures and long sun exposure. Thankfully, there are several shade trees that will grow quickly in Arizona’s landscape. Read on for a brief selection of fast-growing trees to plant in Arizona.
This tree is not a true willow tree, but it grows tall with long, “weeping” branches. It is very drought-tolerant and will grow up to three feet per year. It can reach between 20 and 40 feet in height once it reaches maturity. It is a low-maintenance tree, but it must be maintained by a professional landscaper to ensure it does not fall over or become damaged.
This species of ash can eventually grow up to 80 feet tall and is extremely hardy against tree infections and pest infestations. Shamel ash can grow up to three feet a year and will soon provide dense shade. Shamel ash trees do best in partial to full sun, so they will make a great shade tree once they reach maturity.
Mesquite trees are one of Arizona’s most-grown trees, because of their shading features and fast growing time. They can reach up to 30 feet tall and spread over 40 feet of ground. Chilean mesquites should be closely monitored before, during, and after a storm with heavy winds. These trees have a shallow root system and can fall over during heavy monsoons.
The palo verde tree is considered Arizona’s state tree, but there are several different species. The Desert Museum palo verde is one of the best choices for a fast-growing tree. It delivers a large canopy for shade and is the fastest growing palo verde species. However, proper watering is needed for it to grow healthily. Consult an experienced landscaper before planting.
Consult with Complete Landscaping to learn more about fast-growing shade trees in Tucson, AZ. We can suggest, plant, and maintain the right trees to deliver the most amount of shade. Please call us at (520) 323-8918 to set up a landscaping consultation.