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Street Shade Trees

Sawtooth Oak -
Quercus acutissima
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USDA Zones 5-9

In Tifton, Georgia sawtooth oak trees are planted along streets to shade parking lots and to reduce traffic noise and toxic gases flowing from cars. Sawtooth Oaks grow fast and produce 80 lbs. or more of acorns each year that feed birds and city squirrels nesting in the trees. No oak shade tree grows faster than the Sawtooth Oaks, and the leafy photosynthesis converts troublesome carbon dioxide gases into pleasant breathable oxygen that refreshes the atmosphere. Plant sawtooth oaks for privacy.
Bald Cypress -
Taxodium distichum
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USDA Zones 4-9

Birds and squirrels love nesting in the fast growing bald cypress tree that has dense foliage - filling the air with a pleasant pine scent. Tifton, Ga landscapers plants rows of bald cypress trees to block in privacy from I-75 noise and diesel fumes. The Hilton Garden Inn plants rows of bald cypress trees within the parking lots to avoid leaf raking and to offer shade for the car lot clients. St. Simon's Is.,Ga preserves giant, wetland bald cypress tree behemoth's edging shopping center roads
River Birch -
Betula nigra
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USDA Zones 3-9

Tifton, Georgia is well known for planting rows of fast growing river birch trees along its heavily trafficked domains. The River Birch tree is well adapted to grow on many soil profiles, especially very dry streets, where watering is often too costly or inconvenient. Known primarily for growing along river banks and wetlands, the river birch thrives under sudden or stressful climatic and soil modifications. The leaves move actively in car generated, traffic breezes to photosynthesize growth.
Red Maple -
Acer rubrum
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USDA Zones 3-9

The fast growing red maple tree is well adapted to grow in most temperature zones of the U.S;, and the root system is adaptable to spread in most soil profiles and pH environments. Often, wetlands are not best suited for best growing trees, but red maple trees flourish in wet or very dry earth. Banks and governmental venues plant red maples to shade the parking lots, walkways and buildings. The bright green leaves grow faster in spring to provide privacy blocks and shade for street planting.
Silver Maple -
Acer saccharinum
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USDA Zones 3-9

Homeowners search to find shade trees to plant in front of their houses to cool the landscape and their house. Fast growing silver maple trees are a best choice to buy and plant for shade and privacy and for filtering the street noise. The large green leaves block out noise and through photosynthesis convert car exhaust gases into tree growing fiber matter and later into lumber. The noxious carbon dioxide gas is neutralized and pumped out as breathable oxygen to refresh and enrich the atmosphere.
Sycamore -
Platanus occidentalis
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USDA Zones 4-9

Banks often line streets fronting their buildings and ATM's with fast growing sycamore trees. The green leafy canopy of a sycamore tree shades customer drive-ins, parking lots and walkways for governmental buildings, and the 6 inch leaves flutter in the slightest breeze and fan the toxic car fumes and gases into the leafy factory of photosynthesis. Breathable oxygen fills the air and carbon dioxide is fixed into tree stems and branches. Yellow fall leaf colors beautify every garden nook and etc.
Tulip Poplar -
Liriodendron tulipifera
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USDA Zone 5-9

Cities and National park landscape managers search for the best trees adapted for growing in their domains, especially specimens like fast growing tulip poplar trees. A tulip poplar tree is loaded with very large leaves that expire fresh oxygen into the air, and through the phenomenon of photosynthesis, the carbon dioxide expelled by car exhausts is transformed into leafy and fiber elements to form a tree. Temperatures are moderated by leaf interaction with the atmospheric, environmental gases.
Chinese Elm -
Ulmus parvifolia
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USDA Zone 2-9

The rounded canopy of fast growing elm trees makes it possible for cities and park managers to plant leafy shade sites for shoppers in parking lots or curbed areas and store fronts. Chinese Elm trees grow rapidly to 6-10 ft-quickly establishing greenery to soften the look of hard rough surfaces of concrete roadways or asphalt pathways. Allee Elm trees produce a fast growing shade for more formal landscapes, and the Drake Elm tree glows yellow in the fall with velvet brown trunk bark, peeling.
Italian Cypress -
Cupressus sempervirens
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USDA Zone 7-11

At Ty Ty we are established, Italian Cypress tree lovers and especially "devoted tree huggers" The unusual, cylindrical, tubular growth pattern of the Italian Cypress tree makes the tree a perfect choice for a fast growing tree for lining driveway entrances to an estate or planting at entrances fronting homes & governmental buildings.Adding tall growing slender trees at street traffic sites will create an attractive dimension of security and stability at bank drive-in entrances & sports arenas.
Cherry Laurel -
Prunus caroliniana
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USDA Zone 7-9

The Cherry Laruel tree is an extremely fast growing tree and is often planted in long lines fronting high density traffic streets to reduce traffic noise and absorb the irritating carbon dioxide car exhausts and transform the gases into breathable oxygen by photosynthesis. Because the Cherry Laruel street tree is an evergreen tree, it offers breathable health benefits and serves as a year round privacy block. In early spring the trees are covered with white fragrant flower spikes loved by bees.
Chinese Parasol -
Firmiana simplex
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USDA Zone 6-10

Very few exotic trees are used in plantings to be used as fast growing street trees, however, the Chinese Parasol tree is planted in the South, because of the giant white sprays of fragrant flowers that form in summer, followed by very large ornamental seed pods that last until winter on the tree. The leaves of the Chinese Parasol tree are among the largest - sometimes exceeding l foot, and this large leafy surface is the fast growing tree engine of photosynthesis that purifies the atmosphere.
Red Oak -
Quercus rubra
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USDA Zone 2-9

Red Oak trees are fast growing street oaks that during fall are cloaked in a brilliant red leafy canopy that pronounces the end of the growing season. When the leaves are resurrected in late spring, the air is consistently fanned by fresh bursts of oxygen created by the photosynthesis engine action of leaf stomata that neutralize the automobile gaseous carbon dioxide discharges into the atmosphere. Church landscapes are often lined with rows of red oaks planted near streets to block out noise.
Pine -
Pinus spp.
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USDA Zone 2-9

The fastest growing pine tree is the evergreen loblolly pine that can surge upwards 6 or more feet in a single growing season, if well rooted seedlings are planted. City apartment complexes and government buildings are easily hidden in privacy, if lines of loblolly pine are established as street trees to screen away noise and car fumes. Good results happen when lower pine tree limbs are left to grow. The evergreen privacy of pine trees protects farms and homes from interstate noise.
Drake Elm -
Ulmus parvifolia 'Drake'
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USDA Zone 6-10

The formal clean appearance of the Drake Elm tree is a top selection for planting in city parks, because of the shade benefit of nearby picnic tables, and especially to cooling cars that are exposed in car parking areas to summer heat. Children love to play in the low placed limbs that are easy to climb. The bark is uniquely ornamental glowing like velvet or chocolate and seasonally peeling beneath to reveal a lighter teal green color. The small toothed green leaves transition to a fall yellow.
Sweetgum -
Liquidambar styraciflua
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USDA Zone 6-9

Sweetgum trees grow fast into excellent specimen trees, either to plant as single subjects near buildings or to establish plantings in extended rows near street curbing to shade automobiles parked in car lots. The large emerald green leaves flutter fast in the slightest breeze, and the woodsy scent drifts into the air propelled by passing cars that neutralizes the stinging vapors of petroleum exhaust burnings. No other shade street tree produces more fall bright color mixtures than Sweetgum.