A fast growing tree maturing to a size of 75-100’x 60’ with a round spreading canopy preferring high soil moisture, but tolerating dry as well. It generally propagates via its roots (like Aspen) forming groves if it has the space to do so. Not a recommended tree for small spaces like city yards or street plantings. Grow in full sun. Has very nice fall yellow colors and a gorgeous white bark maturing into a deep brown furrowed bark that contrasts nicely with its upper white trunk and limbs. The leaves are dark green on top and silvery on the underside displaying a beautiful two toned shimmer as the breeze moves through the canopy. An important habitat tree for wildlife.
Roots like to surface and sprout making it ideal for fields and open spaces where this won’t be an issue. Wood is weak and tends to break easily under wind or snow loads. Pruning can help but planting with maximum distance to targets such as paths, structures and streets is best.
Trunk cankers are fairly common. Watering and fertilizing are the best deterrents.
Aphids are often present but pose little threat to overall health.
‘Pyramidalis’ Bolleana (white) poplar is a smaller more upright and narrow variety.
History and Use
This tree has its ancestors standing tall in the pages of Greek history as they do among other legends and mythical scenes. As we follow these stories through time they land in the contemporary pages of law in places like Connecticut where they have been removed from the halls of honor and placed on the wee-of-the-week list and made illegal to plant.