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White Poplar Tree | Populus alba

A broad spreading tree with shimmering foliage

The Highlights

    • A fast growing, wide-spreading deciduous tree with attractive lobed leaves up to 12cm long
    • The foliage is glossy dark green on top and fluffy white underneath - this creates a lovely shimmering effect when the wind blows
    • Ornamental bark is very smooth and bright white when young, becoming darker and more furrowed as it matures
    • Both male and female trees develop catkins in early spring. In female trees, the catkins are followed by capsules which split to release clouds of feathery seeds
    • Grow as a feature tree in a lawn or in groups as a windbreak
    • Grows up to 24m tall but can be pruned to fit any garden

White Poplar Tree | Populus alba

A broad spreading tree with shimmering foliage
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The Highlights

    • A fast growing, wide-spreading deciduous tree with attractive lobed leaves up to 12cm long
    • The foliage is glossy dark green on top and fluffy white underneath - this creates a lovely shimmering effect when the wind blows
    • Ornamental bark is very smooth and bright white when young, becoming darker and more furrowed as it matures
    • Both male and female trees develop catkins in early spring. In female trees, the catkins are followed by capsules which split to release clouds of feathery seeds
    • Grow as a feature tree in a lawn or in groups as a windbreak
    • Grows up to 24m tall but can be pruned to fit any garden

what to expect

Supplied as:

Bare root
Our bare root trees are lifted fresh from the field, wrapped in a moisture retentive covering and packed straight away. You can be sure they will be fresh when they arrive. In winter, you can store for several weeks if kept in a cool, dark spot. Later in spring, when the temperature rises, you will want to plant within a few days of arrival.

Height on arrival:

120-150cm
Depending on the time of year, your tree will arrive at a height between 120-150cm including pot.

Eventual height:

15-24m

Eventual spread:

15m
Spreads approx 15m unless pruned

Time to first crop:

Flower colour:

Red or green
Male catkins (red) and female catkins (green) develop on separate trees

Habit:

Spreading, suckering
A broadly spreading tree with a suckering habit

Hardiness:

Fully hardy
H6 - hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)

Rootstock:

Spacing:

5m
Plant at least 5m apart to allow for spreading

how to grow

Average pest and disease resistance

May be affected by leaf spots, poplar bacterial canker, honey fungus, sawflies and caterpillars. To prevent fungal and bacterial disease, space trees well apart and keep a good airflow through the branches by pruning

Water in well

Water in thoroughly when planting. For bare root trees, you won't need to water regularly, only in dry spells when needed. You should be able to tell because the leaves will start to wilt and droop. If a container grown tree, it will need more watering until its roots are established. It should be watered every other day or so for the first few months. Then reduce to twice a week until autumn. In the second year it should have an established enough root system to support itself, just water when required as explained above for bare roots. When watering a tree it is important to give a good soaking. It is better to water heavily and less frequently than little and often as this encourages the roots to grow down into the ground.

Full sun

This tree loves full sun exposure or a sheltered location.

Any fertile, well-drained soils

This tree will flourish in any moderately fertile, moist and well drained soil.

Feeding not required

This tree gets all the nutrients it needs from the soil. To give it a boost when newly planted, mix in some compost or well rotted manure and use an organic mulch around the tree to help with moisture retention and keep weeds down. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0513/3428/3424/files/pruning_3x_4d3eaf73-f629-45e0-87a5-6f14f5f005fc.png?v=1613300929

For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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