Poplar Tree

Populus spp.

Cottonwood Poppulierboom (Afr.)

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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.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Spring

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.

Special features

Origin

Native to most of the Northern Hemisphere

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Salicaceae

Flower colour

Green

Scent

Mild

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.