What Is the Fastest Growing Shade Tree in the Desert?

Honey Locusts (Gleditsia triacanthus) cast a light shade and grow 3 to 4 feet each year up to 35 to 75 feet tall. Chitalpa trees (Chitalpa x tashkentensis) grow 2 feet or more each year up to 25 to 50 feet tall and create dappled shade.

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Melody Lee worked as a newspaper reporter, copywriter and editor for 5 years. In addition, she has edited magazine articles and books. Lee holds a degree in landscape design and is a Florida master gardener. She has more than 25 years of gardening experience, which includes working at nurseries and greenhouses.