Hybrid Poplar Tree

Hybrid Poplar Tree


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Populus deltoides

When you need shade in a hurry, we suggest the fast-growing Hybrid Shade Poplar. We haven't found any tree that grows like it. It has a spread of 30-35' and in just a few years, at maturity, it reaches 50-60'.


It normally lives 30-50 years. It is wind, disease, and insect-resistant. And it can take the cold as far north as Canada. This is not the short-lived Lombardy Poplar. This Hybrid Shade poplar is often used to reforest after forest fire, and to reclaim land after strip mining. But, the best use is to provide beauty and quick, cool shade for new homes. Salt tolerant. Item # SU-5246 Shipping Height: 2' - 4'

Can't Ship To: AK, CA, HI



Zones 4 - 10
Zones 3 - 9

Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 - 9
The Hybrid Poplar can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color. SEE LARGE MAP

Shade Tree
Shade Tree

Type of tree:
The Hybrid Poplar falls into the following type(s): Shade Trees

40' - 50' High
40' - 60' High

Mature Height:
The Hybrid Poplar grows to be 40' - 60' feet in height.

30' Spread
35' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Hybrid Poplar has a spread of about 10' at full maturity.

Fast Growth
Fast Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a fast growth rate.

Full Sun
Full Sun

This poplar does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

The Hybrid Poplar grows in acidic, alkaline, wet soils.

Oval Shape
Oval Shape

This poplar has oval shape.

More Info
More Info

Hybrid Poplars are the thoroughbreds of the tree world. Their claim to fame is speed. Growth of 5 to 8 feet per year is not uncommon, which makes this tree a good choice for quick shade on a vacant lot or for suburban firewood groves.

Wildlife Value:
Hybrid Poplar bark, twigs, and leaves eaten by rodents, rabbits, deer, beaver, and porcupines. It provides forage for browsing wildlife such as whitetail and mule deer up through the sapling stage. It also provides important nesting and roosting habitat for various species of birds.

There are many crosses that go by the name Hybrid Poplar, but this one between Eastern Cottonwood from the United States and Black Poplar from Europe and North Africa has been a favorite for a very long time. Botanists and Hobbyists in colonial times are said to have exchanged the parent trees across the ocean, with both natural and artificial hybrids soon resulting. The oldest account of the tree was given by a scientist in 1785.

Wet soil preferred.

The leaves are triangular, 3-6 inches long and 4-5 inches wide, with "teeth" all around the margin. Often silver-green in color, but this is quite variable. Stalks are frequently reddish.

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