Fast-growing, tough trees. Grown primarily and especially appreciated in interior regions with hot summers and cold winters. They don’t do as well in mild-winter areas and in coastal climates where temperature fluctuation is minimal. Trees have aggressive surface roots that crowd out other plants, heave pavement, and clog sewer and drainage lines; best suited to rural areas and fringes of large properties. Most poplars will sucker if their roots are cut or disturbed. They are subject to many pests and diseases. Despite their liabilities, some of these trees are beautiful or distinctive enough to be widely sold. Many have good fall color. Leaves of most are roughly triangular, sometimes toothed or lobed. Pendulous catkins (denser on male trees) appear in spring before leafout. Female trees later bear masses of cottony seeds that blow about and become a nuisance; for that reason, male (seedless) varieties are the best choice and are usually offered in nurseries.Populus alba
Native to Europe and Asia. Grows to 40–70 ft. tall and wide. The common name refers to woolly white leaf undersides and to light-colored young bark. Leaves are 2–5 in. long, usually with three to five lobes. A “lively” tree with leaves that move even in light breezes, showing flickering white and green highlights. Poor fall color. Tolerates a wide range of soils. Suckers profusely—an advantage if it is planted as a windbreak, otherwise a problem.‘Pyramidalis’
Native to Europe and Asia, this seedless poplar variety forms a 15-ft.-wide column and has a white or light gray trunk that resembles birch. Leaves are 2–5 in. long, usually with three to five lobes, and flicker white and green in even light breezes. Poor fall color.
Native to Europe and Asia. Grows to 40–70 ft. tall and wide. The common name refers to woolly wh...
Native to Europe and Asia, this seedless poplar variety forms a 15-ft.-wide column and has a white or ...
Native from California’s desert mountains east to New Mexico and Texas and north to Wyoming. Gro...