High-Quality, Fast-Growing Replacement Trees

We are often asked to recommend good options for replacement in the event of a tree removal. Oftentimes, death, disease or Mother Nature take a vital tree from our property before we are ready to see it go. It is always best to have a vision of what species you would like to take its place. Our arborists are buzzing with ideas about tree species that would best fit your needs, space and resources.

After the loss of a tree, we immediately have less shade, less privacy, and often a decrease in property value. To combat these unwanted changes, homeowners regularly seek a fast-growing alternative. 

Our arborists have compiled a list of fast growing, deciduous and native tree species for southern Wisconsin that we highly recommend:

River Birch. Photo: University of Minnesota

River Birch. Photo: University of Minnesota

River Birch – Betula nigra

o    Both a shade tree and an ornamental tree
o    Can grow as either single- or multi-stemmed tree
o    Grows to a height of 40-70’ and 40-60’ wide
o    Annual growth of 13-24” 
o    Ideal growth occurs in partial to full sunlight
 

Littleleaf Linden – Tilia cordata

o    Both a shade tree, a flowering tree and an ornamental
o    Provides great shade due to a dense canopy
o    Blossoms into yellowish, fragrant flowers in early summer
o    Grows to height of 50-60’ and 40’ wide
o    Annual growth of 13-24” 
o    Ideal growth occurs in partial to full sunlight


Hackberry – Celtis occidentalis

o    Both a shade tree and an ornamental tree
o    Develops a broad crown with arching branches
o    Grows to height of 40-60’ and 40-60’ wide
o    Annual growth of 13-24”
o    Ideal growth occurs in full sunlight


Thornless Honeylocust – Gleditsia triacanthos form inermis

o    A shade tree
o    Provides showy, fragrant yellow color in fall
o    Grows to a height of 30-70’ and 30-70’ wide
o    Very fast growing, annual growth of more than 24” 
o    Ideal growth occurs in full sunlight

Swamp White Oak. Photo: Ohio DNR

Swamp White Oak. Photo: Ohio DNR

Swamp White Oak – Quercus bicolor

o    A shade tree
o    Provides showy, orange-gold foliage in mid-autumn
o    Grows to a height of 50-60’ and 50-60’ wide
o    Annual growth of 12-24”
o    Ideal growth occurs in partial to full sunlight