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Fast growing medium sized tree for shade in south facing garden

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TheVeryHungryMummy Sun 22-May-16 22:48:20

My garden faces south and is a nightmare in the summer for someone so pale as me, so I'm in search of shade - in the form of a relatively fast growing tree. I don't want something which ends up massive, but a medium sized tree would be fine. Any ideas on something which grows pretty quickly but isn't enormous 10 years down the line? I think we have chalky soil here if that helps/matters?

traviata Sun 22-May-16 23:03:46

Birch (betula) is always lovely.

how sheltered/ exposed is the site? Any buildings or walls to consider?

TheVeryHungryMummy Sun 22-May-16 23:12:25

No buildings or walls nearby to consider. It'll have a fence 10ft away on one side and further on the other.

Are birch trees pretty fast growing?

traviata Sun 22-May-16 23:23:53

yes, birch are pretty fast.

this is a good website for choosing trees

I love albizia, also said to be fast growing.

shovetheholly Mon 23-May-16 07:21:21

Make sure it's something you can underplant - birch gives a lovely, dappled shade but something like beech tends to kill anything underneath it.

I'm recommending this all the time and it's not a particularly original idea, so apologies to regulars, but you can get stunning white birches - betula jacquemontii. You give them an annual wash with soapy water and they just glimmer out of the garden. A planting of a few, straight specimens would give a lovely effect - and provide the shade you need!

Cathpot Tue 24-May-16 15:38:04

shove I've just put that betula jacquemontii on my wish list - it's lovely! All I need now is somewhere to put one....

shovetheholly Tue 24-May-16 15:59:29

That made me laugh out loud cath!! Not least because I do the same thing.

I'm going to extend my house because I am being forced to choose between whisky and books now and I am labouring under the irrational impression that this will magically also create more garden space for a white birch. Laws of physics, snores of physics. I'm gonna get it in somehow. grin

Cathpot Tue 24-May-16 18:07:12

I've just been at yoga thinking my way round the garden with my future birch going - nope can't put it there, can't put it there.

I have moved to this lovely, well stocked, established garden which is both brilliant and - established, I'm finding myself tinkering a bit at the edges.

LittleHouseOnTheShelf Tue 24-May-16 18:13:18

we have a couple of mountain ash trees, they are lovely for shade. Ours have grown from 1 foot to 15 feet in 10 years.

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