From:New Waverly, TX Region: Southwest Topic: Trees Title: Fast growing shade tree for East Texas Piney Woods Answered by: Nan Hampton
What is the fastest growing shade tree for E.Tx.Piney Woods? We have an area that desperately needs protection from the summer heat. The site is comprised of gumbo clay and there are no other plants to compete.
Here are a list of trees to consider for a shade tree for the East Texas Piney Woods. All the trees listed are native to Walker County or an adjacent county, have a rapid growth rate and are classified as large (more than 40 feet high). Check the GROWING CONDITIONS on the species page in our Native Plant Database to determine if they are compatible with your site. I've also linked each species to two other sites for more information about the tree to help you with your decision. Also, you should check in the area for trees that are growing well in your vicinity to help you with your choice. The first two trees, loblolly pine and American sycamore, are probably the fastest growing on the list.
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