Shade Trees

7 Best Shade Trees To Grow In Massachusetts

Many Massachusetts residents are very attached to the residential landscapes of their Old Colony State homes. We are often approached by people who are looking for trees that tend to grow fast and that will give them a cool shade over their houses and gardens in the summertime.

You should choose which tree to plant in Massachusetts based on both where you live – coastal lowlands, eastern New England uplands, Connecticut Valley lowlands, western New England uplands, Berkshire valley or Taconic mountains – and what benefits you want to obtain from the tree.

Many Massachusetts homes are surrounded by one of the most picturesque landscapes in the United States with natural elements such as American Elm trees, Northern Red Oak trees, Red Maple trees, Black Cherry trees, and Red Gum trees.

The residents of Massachusetts know they should choose landscape trees from the Fast Growing Trees Nursery that are hardy to the soil type and hardiness zone of their Old Colony State.

Crimson Sentry Norway Maple Tree

In contrast to the typical maple tree, the Crimson Sentry Maple tree begins to show off its vibrant purple leaves at any time of the year, not just in the fall. The Crimson Sentry is a powerful and portable speaker that will deliver its bold, vibrant sounds almost anywhere you find yourself.

Moreover, the Crimson’s heavy, upright branching results in a full, full look that can fit just about anywhere due to the smaller silhouette. The Crimson Sentry isn’t too large to have a massive impact on your yard, so you won’t have to worry about a big yard for it.

In summer, you can enjoy foliage that displays maroon hues and, in the fall, the foliage turns a reddish brown color.

Dura Heat® River Birch

The Dura Heat® River Birch is not only a beautiful, fast-growing shade tree, but it also grows efficiently throughout the year, regardless of the weather conditions.

There are many different types of trees that grow in cold areas and in hot and humid ones, all the way from the glacial regions of Maine and Minnesota down to the lush jungles of Florida and Texas.

Furthermore, the River Birches will grow in squishy conditions where other trees would not be able to.

In the event that you’re aiming to landscape an area in which there is a risk of flooding, or if your soil is heavy and clay-based, this tree is just what you need.

It can easily tolerate flooding, standing water, and even dense, wet soil, due to its vast root system.

Green Gable™ Tupelo

During the autumn months, the glowing red leaves are the most distinctive feature. Surely, you will not be disappointed with the lovely scarlet red leaves that appear in the autumn on Green Gable Black Gums. These trees are known for their beautiful red/orange fall colors.

You can give your yard a nostalgic feel, fresh and comforting feeling of fall by using the green Gables in your yard.

This tree turns heads in more than just the fall season. The Green Gable Black Gum produces extraordinary dark green leaves in both spring and summer, highlighting its uniform, pyramidal shape that looks incredible as a winter silhouette when it is all draped in darkness.

Moreover, Green Gable Black Gums have a lifespan up to 250 years, so you can imagine what generations of memories you can create with your family under the shade of this remarkable tree.


Sawtooth Oak Tree


Do you want a majestic oak that will grow to cover a large amount of ground, without having to wait fifty years for it to mature? It has been grown in the U.S.

as long as the mid 1800s, and for thousands of years it has been known as the Sawtooth Oak! In the course of 15 years, it can grow to a height of 30 feet, or more, at a rate of about one to three feet per year.

The wide canopy of shade it produces is thanks to its spreading habit. In its early growth phase, this fast-growing tree has a pyramidal shape, but as it matures, it develops a broad, rounded canopy with dense leaves that provide easy shade.

In spring and summer, the new leaves emerge in an attractive yellow-green color, which darkens to a lustrous mid green in summer, then turns to a rich golden-brown in the fall. The broad leaves of this tree have distinctive toothed edges, hence its common name.


Corkscrew Willow


The graceful and fast-growing Corkscrew Willow plant adds an eclectic touch to any garden or landscape.

Corkscrew’s twisting and forking branch system gives it a distinctive appearance that breaks the mold of traditional landscape designs.

Everything from winter to summer is available. Summer brings leaves that provide shade, including delicate buds that sprout on twisted branches in spring.

A bright yellow morphs into the leaves of the Corkscrew Willow as autumn approaches.

Lacebark Chinese Elm Tree

Lacebark Chinese Elms cannot be beat. It has everything to do with health, beauty, and overall comfort in the house. A tree of this kind is a must have in every yard.

Besides growing nearly anywhere in the world and in nearly every condition, the ornamental value of this Elm will exceed all expectations.

A Lacebark Chinese Elm can grow in polluted city streets or in the open countryside. Trees don’t have a particular preference for where they grow.

Many people will find it growing in open spaces or on the edges of busy sidewalks. Known as the Lacebark Elm, this tree thrives in virtually any soil, making it an outstanding choice for homeowners and city planners alike.

The tree is fairly easy to care for, and it does not require much effort. Taking care of a Lacebark Elm is one of the easiest tasks you can do.

With no need for fertilization, constant watering, pruning, or disease management, you can really plant your tree and just watch it grow without needing to do anything else.