Landscaping a Yard Quickly
Fast growing shrubs can mature into hedges at a quicker rate or fill out empty spots in the landscape with ease. Planting shrubs that grow fast can give you results in less time than normal or slow growing shrubs. These shrubs are fast growing and can be used in most any application.
5 Fast Growing Shrubs
The mahoe, Hibiscus tiliaceus, is from the mallow family. It is a fast growing shrub that is evergreen and gets to 25 feet tall. Heart-shaped leaves are leathery and 4 to 8 inches long. Flowers are yellow in the day and then red at night. Grow this plant in full sun with a moist soil. Propagate by layering, by cuttings, or by seed in USDA hardiness zones of 10 to 11.
The Savannah holly, Ilex x attenuata ‘Savannah’, is from the holly family. It is fast growing shrubby tree that is evergreen and a bird attractor. It will get 20 feet high with light gray bark and bright red berries. Foliage is glossy leaves like most holly plants. Grow this plant in bright sun or medium shade in well drained moist soil. Propagate via cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 7 to 9.
The red top, Photinea x fraseri, is from the rose family. It is a fast growing shrub that is evergreen. Leaves are glossy and red when new maturing to green, 3 to 5 ½ inches long. Flowers are white and 5 to 7 inches wide. Grow this plant in sun to partial shade in any drained soil. Propagate via cuttings and grow it in USDA hardiness zones of 7 to 9.
The Brazilian pepper, Schinus terebinthifolius, is from the cashew family. It is a fast growing evergreen shrubby tree that is attractive to birds. The plant can get 30 feet high. Leaves are feathery and 5 to 8 inches long. Flowers are white and on clusters 6 inches long in summer and fall. Winter shows red berries that birds adore. Grow this plant in full sun in moist soil. Propagate via seed and root sprouts. It is grown in USDA hardiness zones of 9 to 11.
The Reeves’ spirea, Spiraea cantoniensis, is from the rose family. It is a fast growing shrub that is drought tolerant. It will get 3 to 6 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide. Leaves are dark green on the top and bluish green on bottoms. Flowers are small and white, looking like little roses 2 inches wide. Grow this plant in full sun or partial shade. Propagate via cuttings or seed in USDA hardiness zones of 5 to 9.