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Populus alba (White Poplar)

White Poplar, Abele, Abbey, Dutch Beech, Silver-Leaved Poplar, White Asp, Silver Poplar


Fast-growing, Populus alba (White Poplar) is an a wide-spreading, suckering, deciduous tree with a broad crown boasting an attractive foliage of 3-5 lobed leaves, up to 5 in. long (12 cm), lustrous dark green above and white and downy underneath. The fuzzy undersides make the tree sparkle when the breeze stirs the leaves, creating a beautiful two-toned effect. Equally striking, the bark is very white and smooth when the tree is young, becoming darker and more furrowed with age. In spring, before the leaves emerge, small male and female flowers appear in separate catkins on separate male and female trees. The female flowers give way to capsules that split open to release clouds of cottony seeds. Roots can be invasive as White Poplar develops an extensive root system that may damage drains and foundations. The wood of White Poplar is fairly brittle and subject to breakage in storms. Grown for its very rapid growth as a specimen tree, it is equally useful for windbreaks.

  • Grows up to 50-80 ft. tall and wide (15-24 m). This plant suckers to form colonies.
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in average, consistently moist, well-drained soils.
  • This beautiful tree may be subject to leaf spots, poplar bacterial canker, honey fungus, tree rusts, leaf beetles, sawflies and caterpillars.
  • Propagate from hardwood cuttings in winter or suckers in autumn or late winter.
  • This plant is listed as a noxious weed in one or more Midwestern states and should not be moved or grown under conditions that would involve danger of dissemination.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.
  • Native to Europe, central Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A3
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Populus - Poplars
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 50' – 80' (15m – 24m)
Spread 50' – 80' (15m – 24m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A3
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Populus - Poplars
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 50' – 80' (15m – 24m)
Spread 50' – 80' (15m – 24m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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