Some popular shade trees include the hybrid poplar, nuttall oak, northern catalpa and weeping willow. Others include the paper birch and the American sycamore.
The hybrid poplar grows to heights of 40 to 50 feet, and it grows up to 8 feet each year, making it a fast-growing option. The nuttall oak is also a fast-growing tree. It is sometimes referred to as a pin oak or red oak. It provides a leafy canopy and bears acorns each year that are popular with wildlife, such as turkeys, deer and squirrels.
The northern catalpa or cigar tree offers large flowers and a thick canopy for shade. The red maple's foliage turns a brilliant red color in the fall, and the tree grows at a rate of up to 5 feet each year, topping out at around 40 feet.