Poplar Tree Varieties
Poplar trees are fast-growing and adaptable to different changes in the soil. Most trees of this variety can reach a mature height between 40 and 60ft. The widths vary per poplar type but range from 10ft to 40ft. Most poplars do well in US hardiness zones 3-9
The Lombardy poplar tree is a beauty. Its branches grow upward, making this tree perfect if you want to add some privacy to your backyard or any wooded area. The height of the Lombardy poplar also makes the tree a natural wind blocker. It does better in drier soils but needs full sunlight for maximum health. In these conditions, this tree may grow up to 6ft annually! Its preference for dry soil also means this tree will do well in a draught. The foliage of the Lombardy poplar stays a bright green throughout most of the year, but even when the leaves fall, the dense branches and leaves will still allow for privacy.
The tulip poplar is perhaps the most beautiful of these three varieties. At the beginning of the year, it has bright green leaves which start turning yellow, and in the autumn are a rich gold color. The branches widen out at the base and get thinner towards the top. Tulip poplars are fragrant trees that provide nectar for hummingbirds and other birds. The blooms for which the tulip poplar is named are large golden blossoms that resemble tulips. The cup-shaped flowers are heavy with nectar and flood the air with a floral scent when they are blooming. It is also very pest resistant compared to other poplars and trees.
The hybrid poplar is produced when pollen from one tree is spread to and fertilizes another tree. The branches of this tree grow up into an oval shape. The hybrid poplar is the fastest growing popular and can grow up to an incredible 8ft per year. It is excellent to plant to add some natural shade to your yard. This tree can also handle various types of soils and is almost entirely disease- and pest-resistant. The hybrid poplar can also help stabilize eroding land because it has a dense, complicated root system. Like most poplars, you can plant this one to block people and livestock from harsh winds.