Fastest-Growing Trees To Plant This Fall In Florida


A new tree is an exciting way to spruce up your yard and add a touch of natural beauty to your property. The problem is waiting for a tree to grow. Thankfully, there are trees that grow very quickly in Florida. With these trees and a little help from a full-service landscaping company, you can bring your yard to life in just a few years. Below, we’ve listed the five most popular, fastest-growing trees in the Tampa Bay Area.

We realize there are others not on the list like the winged elm, which is especially gaining favor with developers and commercial contractors. We’re considering a separate piece specifically designed with larger properties in mind.

Though residential and commercial real estates have much in common, their differences can be substantial when it comes to new developments and landscapes renovation. Still, property managers and residential homeowners alike will find value in this article.

Florida Maple

Florida maples are one of the few maple trees that can survive in Florida’s warm climate. Florida maples grow around 12 to 18 inches per year until they reach a height of about 40 feet. 

Because Florida maples grow taller with more compact canopies, small and medium-sized yards can enjoy them. In the fall, their leaves turn red and bronze until they shed.  Those of us who grew up with this beauty remember making helicopters out of maple seeds, those self-propelling pink wing carriers of future shade.

Florida maples require minimal care and can easily grow in partial shade. Occasional flooding isn’t a worry, and trimming is not needed. By the time your Florida maple reaches maturity, its roots will run through the surface of the soil. 

This growth can make mowing grass close to Florida maples a challenge. If this is a concern for you, it’s best to consult with a Tampa Bay Area landscaper on the best location for your Florida maple.

Southern Live Oak

Not the fastest-growing tree but certainly a favorite, the southern live oak retains its vibrant green leaves throughout the year, no matter the season. With a maximum height of around 65 feet and wide canopies, southern live oaks grow between 13 and 24 inches per year. 

Southern live oaks thrive in storms or windy conditions and prefer moist soil as they maintain incredible stability.

Their thick, sprawling limbs make for a breathtaking display, best suited to larger yards. The best part is their lifespan. A southern live oak can live for hundreds of years, preserving its beauty for even your children’s children to enjoy. 

If you’re interested in planting a southern live oak in your yard, Professor Green Thumb can make it happen.

Loblolly Pine

Loblolly pine trees rapidly grow at a rate of 2 feet per year, up to a towering 100 feet. Their canopy can grow to be around 30 feet wide. As loblolly pines mature, their lower branches will drop off, allowing you to enjoy the shade of their sprawling canopies. One of the rare fast-growing shade trees that serves as a privacy screen when in need of a quick eyesore remedy.

For the best growth, you will want to plant your loblolly pine in full sunlight. Soil type isn’t as much of a concern, as loblolly pines can thrive in various soils. Due to loblolly trees producing desirable seeds, you’re likely to find all sorts of wildlife visiting your trees for food.

Bald Cypress

The bald cypress grows up to 50 feet tall, with a canopy diameter of just 25 feet. Its healthy height but smaller canopy makes the bald cypress a great choice for yards of medium size. 

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However, keep in mind that bald cypress trees shed their leaves in the fall, unlike other conifers. The bald cypress’ needles will take on a vibrant ochre color before falling to the ground as fall comes in.

For best results, bald cypress trees enjoy healthy growth when planted alongside natural water sources like streams or rivers. If your yard isn’t close to the water, your local landscape service can help rinse your bald cypress to speed up growth. 

To avoid root damage, make sure to plant bald cypress trees at least 10 feet from walkways and 15 feet from your home. Finally, though bald cypresses are impressive trees they might be protected in your area meaning that removal could be prohibited or require a permit. Check your county laws or ask a professional for more information. These trees are beautiful and attract much wildlife.


Tabebuia trees are some of the most unique trees you can plant in your yard. Different varieties of tabebuia trees produce different color trumpet-shaped flowers in the summer. Some produce vibrant pinks, where others grow a brilliant yellow bloom. 

Depending on the variety, tabebuias grow as short as 25 feet or as high as 160 feet tall, typically at a rate of 12 to 24 inches per year. With the right variety, you can plant a tabebuia in a yard of any size. 

For the results, make sure to prune old growth and any dead branches as your tabebuia ages. To prune your tabebuia at the right times, you may want to consult with a local residential landscaping service.

Fastest-Growing Trees

In conclusion, a general rule of thumb is to wait until after fruiting or flowering to prune, and when new growth would not be exposed to harsh elements such as frost or cold–typically toward the end of winter or early spring. When it comes to pruning trees or major shrubs, we recommend you contact a local landscape expert.

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