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Top 5 Fastest-growing Trees You Might Have In Your Yard

Let’s suppose that you had just moved to a new house in Rangiora, New Zealand. So, we all know that moving to a new space always brings with it a crazy amount of moving tasks such as, checking with the movers and packers and ensuring that all your belongings are reached safely and on time.


Then, checking those basic utilities (water supply, electricity, etc.), and obviously, one of the most important aspects – making sure that your yard’s aesthetics is at par with your personal taste. You wouldn’t want anything to come in between your super-elated, moving-in-your-new-home mood.


When you move into a new neighbourhood, having a friendly neighbour is a big plus! Neighbours can play a crucial role in making our lives a bit more gratifying, i.e. if we manage to get along well enough. But, regardless of that, every home deserves a sheath of privacy encompassing its perimeter. In simple words, we need to have some amount of protection (and privacy) around us. Right? So, if your house is already well-fenced and/or surrounded by privacy trees, then there’s no need to go through this blog that much. Just make sure that they’re receiving professional tree topping, trimming or pruning in Rangiora.


But if your story says otherwise, then this blog post will be your saviour, because here we are discussing our top 5 fastest-growing trees you may grow in your yard in Rangiora, New Zealand.


(Why the word “fastest” you ask? Well, the sooner they grow the better for the sake of your privacy and protection). Let’s keep reading!

Top 5 fastest-growing trees to plant in your Rangiora home

Going a bit off-topic (again), but do you wanna know the fastest-growing tree (by height) in the world, as per the Guinness Book of World Records? It’s the Moluccan albizia (also known as Falcataria moluccana).


The criteria by which you can decide a tree’s growth rate, such as a specified amount of time or a specific height, determines which trees you think are the fastest-growing. The most promising candidates in this criteria usually include tree species that are grown explicitly in tropical plantations with limited rotation times. That’s because it maximises their rate of growth. Such trees include the genera Albizia, Casuarina, Eucalyptus, Leucaena, Paulownia, and Populus, among others.


However, the Moluccan albizia, also known as Falcataria moluccana, is a tree that is commonly grown for its timber and can be found all over southeast Asia. This makes it a strong contender for the record. It has been documented that it reached:


  • 10.74 m (35 ft 2.8 in) in height after 13 months (in Sabah, Malaysia),
  • growing at a rate of 0.82 m (2 ft 8.3 in) per month;
  • 20.1 m (65 ft 11.3 in) in height in just four years (in Pare, East Java, Indonesia); and
  • 36.2 m (118 ft 9.2 in) in height after 12 years (in Ciamis, West Java, Indonesia).
  • According to the findings of other research, this species has the potential to achieve an average daily growth gain of 2.5 cm (1 in).


Other types of trees that grow quite rapidly in Rangiora soil, with the help of regular tree topping, include the Paulownia imperialis, which can grow up to 4.5 metres per year on average. It should reach a height of between 10 and 15 metres within the first three years, and its mature height could reach up to 15 metres if it is allowed to grow to its full potential. On the other hand, its width at that size might be excessive for a section with such limited space. On the bright side, its flowers are quite lovely. They look like tiny violet-blue trumpets perched atop panicles that can grow up to 30 centimetres in length.


The Lombardy poplars, also known as Populus nigra ‘Italica, may only be able to grow a maximum of 3 metres per year, but they have the potential to reach a height of up to 12 metres in 3 years and up to 20 metres when they have reached their full maturity. Although regular tree topping can slow down the growth by a tiny bit, it only makes them look cleaner and more beautiful, and it’s really good for their healthy growth. As per experts, branches up to 2.5 metres long can be inserted into a hole that’s approximately 45 centimetres deep and will leaf out the following spring, providing, if not immediate privacy, then a shelter for more delicate trees.


Another equally great candidate is the Pussywillow, which reaches maturity at a young age and quickly and easily roots from cuttings taken from the shrub.


On the other side, the Crepe myrtle has the potential to grow approximately 1.5 metres per year, up to 12 metres in three years, and up to 20 metres when it is fully grown and mature.


Next, even though the Liriodendron tulipifera (or, simply known as the tulip tree in Rangiora) is commonly referred to as a fast grower, it actually has a slower growth rate. It bears flowers in the shape of tulips that are green, yellow, and orange in colour when it’s fully mature and reaches a height of 4 metres in 5 years. When it’s fully mature, it reaches a height of 30 metres.


Due to the fact that we all have a soft spot for native plants and animals, we could still grow a makomako. The plant Aristotelia serrata, also known as wineberry, grows at the same rate as the tulip tree, which can reach a height of approximately 4 metres in just 5 years. This means that the wineberry plant matures at the same time. It’ll eventually grow to a height of 10 metres, which is much more manageable once it reaches that point. Once the delicate and pretty rose-pink flowers have withered away, the fruit that develops afterwards is absolutely loved by the birds. This is an additional perk for you!


The Lucerne tree (a.k.a tagasaste or Chamaecytisus proliferus var. palmensis) is a fast-growing plant that reaches up to a height of 2 metres. It is native to the Canary Islands and belongs to the same family as gorse and broom. When planting their nursery in your Rangiora home all you need to do is put it in the ground and let it stay as it continues to grow at its own pace. The fact that it’s a legume and therefore, has the ability to fix nitrogen is not the only thing that makes it such a special plant. But that’s not all, it comes with a few other amazing features, such as:


  • It’s a very airy tree with pretty white winter flowers.
  • As they pass away, they are replaced by seed pods.
  • The exploding pods provide a soundtrack to summer as the temperature rises; their snap is equivalent to the cicadas that can be heard in the north.
  • Additionally, it has a strong reputation for being high quality when used for the purpose of firewood.
  • The trees can reach up to a height of 5 metres, but as they age, they can become a bit tangled.


That’s all for now. We hope that this blog post has given you some idea of what kind of trees and plants can be grown faster in your yard in New Zealand. 

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Fastest-growing tree in the world by height – the Moluccan albizia. This information was published in the “Guinness Book of World Records” website with the title – “Fastest-growing tree (by height)”.

Site link: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/fastest-growing-tree-