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Poplar Tree

Populus spp.

Also known as

Aspen, Cottonwood, Poplar, Cottonwood, Poplar, Aspen

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








This plant has a mild fragrance

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Poplar Tree 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 with Poplar Tree

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.

How to harvest Poplar Tree

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Poplar Tree


Take hardwood cuttings in winter.


Remove suckers in autumn or late winter.


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

Special features of Poplar Tree

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.

Other uses of Poplar Tree

Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts butterflies

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