Poplar trees are a common genus of deciduous flowering plants in America. In fact, they are native to most of the Northern Hemisphere and thrive in our climates. A Hybrid Poplar can be produced when pollen of one species of Polar is used to fertilize flowers of another Polar species. Therefore, a Hybrid Poplar is a Populus tree resulting from the combining, either naturally or artificially, of various Poplar species into a hybrid. Both types of Poplar and Hybrid Poplars are common throughout gardens in America and each have their own merits and advantages meaning they are a very popular choice of tree indeed.
Poplar trees make for a great privacy tree or shade tree with its tall dense foliage and ability to be planted reasonably close together. Poplars are also highly sought after commercially for their wood which is often used in furniture and construction.
Seasonal Information: Poplars should be planted at least 6 weeks before winter and can be kept in a well lit areas.
Location: Allow lots of room for your Poplar tree to grow – these are fast growing and very large (up to 40-60 feet tall) when mature so leave lots of room.
Planting Instructions: Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball. Place the Poplar tree inside and cover with soil. Cover with mulch and allow up to 20 feet between planting – this is if you want a thick foliage. Spread them out further accordingly.
Watering: Rainwater should be enough but in times of drought, or heat you may want to add a little extra watering to your usual routine. Try to mimic it’s natural habitat and overcome your urge to water to much. Watering should be followed depending on the Poplar you choose but should usually increase watering routines in warmer climates and reduce them in winter or cooler climates.
Weed Control: If your Poplar tree shows signs of weeds, simply remove the weeds and as much of the root system as possible. You can choose a common pesticide available in most stores if you feel the problem is out of control or simply keep removing the weeds until they no longer grow in.
Pests and Disease: Most of the pests are common garden pests and can be controlled accordingly. Monitor your Poplar tree trunk for sign of disease. Any growths, or discoloration may be cause for concern but most diseases are easily treatable, Always monitor your Poplar for signs of pests and disease – while uncommon, usual garden pests such as Aphids can infiltrate the leaves and root system causing complications.
Pruning: Thin out young plants to 3-4 main branches. After blooming in spring, clip the tips of the branches. Make the cut just above the point where a pair of leaves attaches to the stem.