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Poplar tree

Populus spp.

Cottonwood (Eng.) Poppulierboom (Afr.)

Poplus is a genus of 25–35 species of deciduous flowering plants, cultivated in gardens for their rapid growth as specimen trees. Fast-growing hybrid poplars are grown on plantations for pulpwood, they are also widely used for the manufacture of paper, more specialised uses include matches and the boxes in which Camembert cheese is sold. Because of its exceptional flexibility, Poplar wood is also widely used in the snowboard industry for the snowboard core.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings
Take hardwood cuttings in winter.
Suckers
Remove suckers in autumn or late winter.
Seed
It will selfseed in moist areas like river banks. Sow seed in sandy soil mix and keep moist.

Special features

Autumn colour
Some species leaves change to bright yellow in autumn.
Wet sites
Polpulars can spread quickly along riveredges forming a dense forest area.
Hedge plant
Chinese poplars often used as windbreaks in between fruit orchard rows.

Geography

Origin
Native to most of the Northern Hemisphere

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Salicaceae
Flower colour
Green
Scent
Mild

Problems

Susceptible to bacterial cancers, honey fungus, rust, silverleaf, and beetles and caterpillars that eat the leaves and bore into the bark.

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