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These are the fastest growing trees we know of for shade, privacy, wind protection and soil conservation. Grow up to 1/3 faster than our hybrid poplars! Small, one foot cuttings planted at a university reached from 14-20 feet the first year! Hybrid Willows are very hardy, very disease resistant and can withstand extreme weather conditions. They survived in most areas of Canada (even in arctic weather) and grow as far south as Florida! Excellent for landscaping! Thrive in dry soils and help dry out boggy land. Tall and upright growing without brittle wood. Often reach 35-45 feet tall with lateral branches from the ground up planted as a hedge. Planted alone they grow 50-75 feet tall. Provide a full dense cover that makes them ideal for shelter belts. Life span of 70 years under good conditions. Fastest growth is in the first five years.
Great screens and shelter belts!
Make great screens, as well as good sound and dust barriers. Do not spread by seed or sucker. Plant 3' apart in single rows for a dense cover within the first year. Plant 5' apart in double staggered rows for a very thick windbreak that traps snow in winter. Excellent where severe winds are prevalent. Prevent wind and soil erosion. Healthy 2-3' trees. Zones 3-8. Drought resistant. For a rain garden.
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