Ideas for quick growing tree

3 Mar 2006
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Can anyone give some advice on quick growing trees....

Basically we have a gap along our wall of about 3 metres wide and we want to plant a tree that will grow quickly to fill this and will go to about 4-5m high. We would prefer to buy something that is already about 2.5-3m high.

We thought of a maple, but understand that we could only buy small ones to start with (i don't know why) and we ideally want something evergreen so that it will provide all year screening.

We definitely don't want conifers/leylandii etc as we already have these down one side of the garden.

Can anyone suggest a suitable tree ? I think we have a fairly well draining soil (we have many conifers and laurel that thrive in it) and the tree would be in a south facing sunny spot.

The key features therefore are speed of growth and ideally an evergreen.

many thanks....
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We planted a Eucalyptus in our field five years ago, it was thumb thick now its a tree that our six year old and wife can climb...its huge!..But be warned it wont stop at 5 meters.
You might put a holly in, it will fill the gap fairly quickly and is evergreen (but will not get very tall for many years). You could at the same time put in a tree that will get taller and take over from the holly when it is big enough.
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All trees grow better if they are put in small, and in a few years will be way ahead of the container grown trees. They don't stay short unless you cut them back, but as JohnD says, holly is a good choice.

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