6 fast growing evergreen trees for the garden

6 fast growing evergreen trees for the garden

Which evergreen trees are particularly fast-growing?

The evergreen species presented here are without exception conifers or conifers. These are hardy, robust and easy to care for. Some can reach heights between 30 and 40 meters, so are not necessarily suitable for small gardens. Others, on the other hand, remain rather small with an average final size of six meters. Nonetheless, all of the trees listed can be easily limited in size by pruning them regularly. If, on the other hand, you prefer narrow-growing trees, it is best to choose a columnar shape - but be careful, some of the slender varieties are short!

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Hybrid cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii)

The hybrid cypress or Leyland cypress is probably the most recommendable, fast-growing conifer. Depending on the location and the nature of the soil, it grows between 40 and 100 centimeters per year and reaches final heights of between eight and 25 meters, but its size can be limited very well by cutting measures. It also grows particularly densely.

Occidental tree of life (Thuja occidentalis)

The arborvitae grows between 20 and 40 centimeters per year, also copes well with difficult site conditions, is cut-resistant and available in many varieties with copper-colored, yellow or green needles.

Silver fir (Abies alba)

The native “queen of conifers” can grow up to 65 meters high in its natural environment and is therefore one of the giants in our forests. In the garden it usually reaches between 30 and 40 meters if you let it. The tree grows between 20 and 40 centimeters per year.

Red spruce / common spruce (Picea abies)

Spruces are suitable for solitary as well as for group or hedge planting. With an average increase of 45 to 70 centimeters per year, it is very fast-growing.

European yew (Taxus baccata)

The native yew tree, which is very pruning compatible and therefore easy to shape, increases in size on average between 20 and 30 centimeters per year. However, this conifer is very poisonous!

Common Juniper (Juniperus communis)

The common juniper or heather juniper also increases in size between 20 and 40 centimeters per year. The wood, which is very easy to cut, also provides juniper berries, which are often used as a spice in the kitchen.


If it doesn't have to be a tree, then the different types and varieties of bamboo are among the fastest growing evergreen shrubs. Here, however, a root barrier is mandatory, otherwise there will soon be a whole bamboo forest in your garden.