Most homeowners know the leading home improvements to get the greatest return on investment. As an example, a bathroom and kitchen remodel will yield higher returns than remodels of other rooms. But did you know that the trees in your yard account for 15-20% of the resale value of a home? The more mature the trees are in your yard, the more resale value for you.
If you want to increase your home value, consider planting fast growing trees for the fastest return on your investment.
We’ve gathered a dozen trees that grow quickly, grow tall and grow well in the Twin Cities.
50-70 foot Trees at Maturity
The American Sycamore is the fastest growing species of Sycamore tree and a very popular residential landscaping choice. The America Sycamore tree grows up to 6 feet a year and its thick canopy provides tons of shade. Then, as the temps fall so do its leaves, allowing plenty of sunlight through when it’s needed most.
The American Sycamore is one of the easiest trees to grow. It grows in almost any type of soil and thrives in the changing climates Minnesota is known for, from the harsh winters to the sweltering summers.
Not only is the Tulip Poplar a bright and beautiful tree but it is also highly resistant to disease and insects, helping to protect your investment.
The Tulip Poplar blooms lightly fragrant flowers in the Spring which attract hummingbird and cardinals. In the Summer the fully formed tree serves as a good shade tree and in the Fall you’ll be delighted with the bright yellow foliage that signals the change of seasons.
Like the American Sycamore, the Tulip Poplar grows up to 6 feet each year, is very easy to grow in a variety of soils and withstands extreme temperatures. This Poplar should be planted where it will be in full sunlight. Many homeowners plant a single Tulip Poplar in the front yard, knowing it will reach heights of 70 feet when it is fully mature!
Autumn Purple Ash
This aptly-named Ash tree turns from a glossy green to a ruby red to a brilliant purple from Spring to Summer to Fall and it maintains its color long after other trees have faded. Its large leaves provide generous sunblock, which can assist in reducing your air conditioning bill on the hottest Minnesota summer days when planted on the South side of your home.
The Autumn Purple Ash, which should be planted in full-to-partial sunlight, is a sturdy tree that can withstand salt debris, which makes it the perfect tree for lining your street. This tree grows 3-5 feet per year and reaches 50-70 feet at maturity.
40-60 foot Trees at Maturity
Though the Lombardy Poplar doesn’t grow quite as tall as the American Sycamore, Tulip Poplar or Autumn Purple Ash, it grows faster. In fact, with an average growth rate of 8-10 feet per year, it is the fastest growing tree on our list.
The Lombardy Poplar is a popular tree in urban areas with small lots and minimal because homeowners can achieve privacy and a wind block by planting several Poplars 5-8 feet apart along the property line.
If you live in the suburbs with a longer driveway, a row of Lombardy Poplars lining your drive offers an elegant introduction to your home. Even though they do lose their leaves in the winter, they still provide great wind blockage, which can help when the snow blows in the heart of winter.
Homeowners who love songbirds will be delighted with the Lombardy Poplar as this tree is particularly attractive to songbirds for nesting and shelter.
American Red Maple Tree
If red is among your favorite colors, this is the tree for you. It flowers red in early Spring, sprouts red twigs of new growth and red fruit and in the Fall it’s leaves are a brilliant, unrivaled red unlike anything else.
The American Red Maple is a great urban tree, due to its ability to tolerate pollution. As with the other tall, fast-growing trees, the Red Maple makes a terrific shade tree.
Whether you're planting trees for the first time or you are replacing trees that you've had cut down, you may want to consider planting at least one or two of these fast growing trees in order to quickly get a high return on your new tree investment.