Shade! That’s what many homeowners crave during the hot summer months in Vernon and elsewhere in the Okanagan. Growing a big tree fast requires the right space and species with tolerance to climate and soil conditions. Check our selection of Fast growing Shade Trees For Vernon BC.


Autumn Blaze Maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Jeffsred’)
The Autumn Blaze maple tree is a hybrid comprised of a half red maple and a half silver maple. A combination that has been popular for decades in commercial and residential settings due to gorgeous fall colour, rapid growth and it’s ability to adapt to a wide range of climatic conditions.

Common Name: Autumn Blaze Maple

Bloom Time: Spring, insignificant

Bloom Colour: Green

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height: 12.0-17.0 m (40-55′) ft

Spread: 9.0-12.0 m (30-40′) ft

Water: Average to moist

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Deer Resistance: Occasional damage

Drought Tolerance: Good once established

Characteristics: Fast growing and adaptable hybrid of silver maple and red maple. Tolerates both wet soil and dry soil. Excellent orange, scarlet and deep red fall colour. Good shade and street tree.


Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
The Pin Oak tree is one of the faster-growing species of red oaks which provides great fall colour, with leaves turning shades of scarlet and bronze. Best known for its low maintenance and fast growth, it is popular due to the attractive pyramidal shape and straight, dominant trunk. Tolerates wet feet and requires acidic soils but is adaptable to drier and urban conditions.

Common Name: Pin Oak, Swamp Oak

Bloom Time: Spring

Bloom Colour: Dark green

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height: 60-70′ ft

Spread: 25-40′ ft

Water: Average to moist

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Deer Resistance: Very deer resistant

Drought Tolerance: Less than other oaks

Characteristics: The Pin Oak is shallow-rooted and easily transplanted. The crown is pyramidal to oval. Acorns are not produced before the tree is about 20 years old. Requires regular watering. Tolerates heat, air pollution and compacted soil.


Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Quaking Aspen is an extremely cold hardy, fast growing, narrow-oval to pyramidal tree. It features a beautiful white bark, its deep green foliage that quakes in the slightest breeze and its golden yellow fall foliage colour. This tree grows well in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained and clay soils with abundant moisture.

Common Name: Quaking, Trembling Aspen

Bloom Time: Spring

Bloom Colour: Deep green

Exposure: Full sun

Height: 40-50′ ft

Spread: 20-30′ ft

Water: Moderate

Hardiness Zone: 2-7

Deer Resistance: Occasional damage

Drought Tolerance: Moderate once established.

Characteristics: Quaking Aspen is one of the most widely distributed trees in North America. The white bark also carries out photosynthesis which is usually reserved for tree leaves.


Shademaster Honeylocust Tree (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Shademaster’)
A thornless and seedless, dappled shade tree with a classic rounded shape. It is highly adaptable, tolerant, hardy, and pest and disease-free. A highly adaptable and durable tree species that grows anywhere and in all sorts of soil conditions – from perfect to poor. It thrives in hot, cold and even in salty climates.

Common Name: Honeylocust, Shademaster

Bloom Time: Spring

Bloom Colour: Green

Exposure: Full sun

Height: 30-70′ ft

Spread: 30-70′ ft

Water: Moderate

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Deer Resistance: Occasional damage

Drought Tolerance: Excellent

Characteristics: The Shademaster Honeylocust tree tolerates just about any soil condition. Whether the soil is wet, dry, alkaline, acidic, clay or sandy – this tree grows anywhere. 


London Planetree (Platanus × acerifolia)
The London Plane Tree is a very large deciduous tree that is quite resilient in air polluted urban conditions. This hybrid tree resulted from a cross between two sycamore species: Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore) and Platanus orientalis (Oriental plane). A fast-growing tree, the London plane typically gains several feet in height per year.

Common Name: Bloodgood, London Planetree

Bloom Time: Spring

Bloom Colour: Bright green

Exposure: Full sun or part shade

Height: 70-85′ ft

Spread: 50-70′ ft

Water: Moderate

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Deer Resistance: Occasional damage

Drought Tolerance: Good

Characteristics: London plane trees have been popular urban specimens for nearly 400 years, and with good reason. They are remarkably hardy and tolerant of a variety of conditions. The mature bark is a stunning pale grey with exfoliating brown bark and the leaves resemble the look of a maple having a palmately lobed leaf. Grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, wet and clay soils.


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Come and see the 2021 shade tree lineup at Nicholas Alexander Home and Garden Centre. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in finding the right tree for your yard.