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I currently live in tropical country Philippines and I would like to plant or graft the most leafiest tree serving 2 purpose; first to have a better shade, like I said we live in a tropical climate and leafy trees provide a cool and shady place. secondly, tree leaves are useful for composting so I'm searching for the best one. It's a plus if it can grow the least possible time.

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Consider growing following:-

  • Teak
    Broad shape, Grows faster(approx 9 mtr/year), durability in weather and against insects.

  • Acacia Mangium
    Grows 3-5 mtr/year, fixes nitrogen in the soil, susceptible to termites.


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A little description of the trees will provide a better answer and more upvotes – kevinsky Feb 22 '13 at 20:18

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