• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Very narrow tree to 40 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Extremely Hardy
  • Detail
    Plant type:Tree
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Very narrow tree to 40 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Design IdeasThis is a superior tree for cold northern regions. It is most attractive in groves, and as components in windrows and shelterbelts. It will stand alone as a columnar tree in the suburban environment. Tall narrow form is ideal for filling gaps between tall buildings. Somewhat adapted for street and boulevard planting. A great foreground tree against dark background of evergreen conifers. Ease of cultivation is suited to naturalistic plantings in prairies or open space habitat.
    Companion PlantsSnowberry (symphoricarpos); Sumac (Rhus aromatica); Anemone (Anemone hybrids); Yew (Taxus); Blue Spruce (Picea pungens); Currant (Ribes)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, well-drained soil. Best planted on north or east facing sites; avoid hot and dry exposures. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Genus Populus can be divided into poplars, aspens and cottonwoods which can be found in the Northern Hemisphere. The genus is named for its very ancient name as the "people's tree" because they are so easily propagated. Chief values have been as a forestry source of pulpwood and some furniture wood. In agricultural regions it has long been favored for windbreak and shelterbelt planting due to its tolerance of high density plantings. This species is native to Europe with 'Erecta' considered one of the best columnar forms.