Plant fast-growing shade trees at your Northern Utah property, and you’ll have beauty, privacy and protection from the sun within a few short years. Today we will take a look at some of the most popular varieties that are well-suited to the growing conditions in the greater Salt Lake City area and along the Wasatch Front.

fast growing shade trees for northern utah landscapes

Hybrid Norway Maple

Hybrid Norway maples are a favorite for Northern Utah landscapes, due to both tolerance of varying soil conditions and moderate growth rate – up to two feet per year! These shade trees are also prized for their beauty, as they offer gorgeous red color during every fall, as well as striking bark in the winter, blooms in the spring and big foliage throughout summer.

Hybrid Poplar

For attractive, fast-growing shade trees, hybrid poplars are at the top of the list. These beauties work well as visual screens and, with an annual vertical growth capacity of up to 8 feet, they provide a quick route to a shady landscape.

English Oak

With its beautiful spreading canopy supported by leafy architecture, the English oak is widely considered a valuable addition to any Northern Utah landscape. Height increases for these brilliant sun-blocking trees can top more than two feet per year, and they’re well-suited for both urban and rural settings.

Frontier Elm

Frontier Elm trees can boost the curb appeal of any property, as the wide-spreading branching offers gorgeous seasonal color. The leaves are bright green in the spring, dark, lustrous green in the summertime and deep red in the fall. Add in the fast growth rate of one to two feet per year, and it’s easy to see why the Frontier Elm is a popular choice.


Tuliptrees are stunning, fast-growing trees that can gain up to two feet in height each year. Named for their tulip-shaped outline of the leaves and their cup-shaped yellow flowers, these brilliant shade trees also grow quite tall, reaching up to 90 feet.

Japanese Zelkova

With an attractive, vase-shaped form and an oval crown that increases in height by up two feet per year, the Japanese zelkova is a beautiful option for urban and rural landscapes. The fall colors these trees display is intense, with leaves turning yellow, orange, deep red or purplish-red.

Could your northern Utah landscape use a little – or a lot – more shade? Millcreek Gardens, Salt Lake City’s favorite garden center since 1955, is stocked with a wide range of affordable, fast-growing shade trees.

For expert advice on choosing all your outdoor plants, shrubs, trees and flowers, visit our garden center today. The friendly Millcreek Gardens staff would love to help you select the perfect, fast-growing shade trees to bring beauty and privacy to your Northern Utah property.