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A picture of a Poplar Tree

Poplar Tree

Populus spp.

Also known as

Aspen, Cottonwood, Poplar, Cottonwood, Poplar, Aspen

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

Expected size

Height
Spread

50m

Max

20m

Min

Flowering

This plant has a mild fragrance

Overview

Poplus is a genus of 25–35 species of deciduous flowering plants, cultivated in gardens for their rapid growth as specimen trees. Fast-growing hybrid poplars are grown on plantations for pulpwood, they are also widely used for the manufacture of paper, more specialised uses include matches and the boxes in which Camembert cheese is sold. Because of its exceptional flexibility, Poplar wood is also widely used in the snowboard industry for the snowboard core.

Common problems

Susceptible to numerous pests, bacterial and fungal diseases. Symptoms can depend on pest or disease, but in most cases, healthy trees can tolerate damage. Tree death is usually a result of suffering several infestations and infections over a short period.

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings

Take hardwood cuttings in winter.

Suckers

Remove suckers in autumn or late winter.

Seed

It will selfseed in moist areas like river banks. Sow seed in sandy soil mix and keep moist.

Special Features

Autumn colour

Some species leaves change to bright yellow in autumn.

Wet sites

Polpulars can spread quickly along riveredges forming a dense forest area.

Hedge plant

Chinese poplars often used as windbreaks in between fruit orchard rows.