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Georgia Shade Trees

What Large Shade Trees Grow Best in Georgia?

The answer to this question varies depending on the part of the state in which you are located. The best large shade trees for the warmest parts of the state are the more heat tolerant and drought tolerant trees.This includes American sycamore, tulip poplar, shumard oak, and ginkgo trees. These are also great shade trees for the rest of the state. The northern red oak is another example of a large shade tree that is excellent for Georgia. These oaks, sycamore, and poplar are all native to Georgia. Maples are also Georgia native shade trees and grow well throughout the state.

What are the Fastest Growing Shade Trees for Georgia?

The American sycamore, lombardy poplar, silver maple, and weeping willow are the fastest growing Georgia shade trees. They can all grow more than 5 feet in a single year. The autumn blaze maple and the tulip poplar are also fast growing shade trees, averaging as much as 3 to 5 feet per year. The October glory maple, northern red oak, red sunset maple, river birch, and shumard oak can grow 2 to 3 feet per year. These are all fast growing shade trees in georgia.

When to Plant Georgia Shade Trees

The best time to plant shade trees in Georgia is in fall for the hotter regions of the state. For the cooler regions spring is the best time to plant. However they can be planted throughout the year with good results as well. Most shade trees are cold tolerant and can be planted in winter when they are dormant if the ground is diggable. You can get away with summer planting in growing zone 6, but we recommend avoiding summer planting in the warmer areas of Georgia. 

How to Plant Georgia Shade Trees

When you receive your new Georgia shade tree, water it thoroughly and keep the soil in the container moist until you are ready to plant. Dig a hole twice as wide as the tree’s pot. Place your tree in the hole and make sure it is straight. The top of the root ball should be slightly higher than the soil line. This helps you to avoid planting too deeply which can harm your tree and even kill it. Next, backfill the soil around your Georgia shade tree and tamp it down gently to remove air pockets. Add a 1 to 2 inch layer of mulch extended at least a few inches past the rootzone. Mulch helps the ground retain moisture, protects roots, and reduces weeds. Water thoroughly until the ground is saturated. Water daily for the first week.

How to Care for Georgia Shade Trees?

Shade trees are low to no maintenance once they are established. During establishment water your Georgia shade tree deeply once or twice per week to help the roots grow properly. Keep up this watering schedule for the tree’s first summer as well. This type of watering helps the roots grow deeply and your tree establish faster. It can also help eliminate surface roots and promote a sturdier, healthier tree. 

Where to Buy Georgia Shade Trees

Buy Georgia shade trees for sale online. Here at PlantingTree we believe in taking care of our customers and shipping only premium quality plants. We are a family owned and operated online plant nursery that carries a wide variety of plants and trees for sale. We are located in North Carolina and ship throughout the continental United States. Our Georgia shade trees are large and well-branched. We pick and pack your order on the day that it ships out from our facility. Your Georgia shade tree will arrive at your home healthy and ready to plant. We guarantee it! Scroll up to view our available Georgia shade trees.

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