Populus alba (White Poplar)

White Poplar


Bareroot from November to April

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You can pre-order these plants from our webshop from 1st June, for delivery mid-November onwards.

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Non-trade pricing

Price £ each (ex. VAT)
Height Age 1+ 25+ 100+ 500+ 1000+
60-80cm 0+1 0.73 0.47 0.42 0.40 0.36

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Minimum order values
Please note that there is a minimum order value of £50.00 + VAT, excluding delivery, for existing customers and £75.00 + VAT, excluding delivery, for new customers. Orders under those values can be placed via Trees & Hedging, our online webshop.


Delivery to UK mainland is included for stock orders over £750 + VAT (subject to postcode surcharges). For full details on delivery, please view our delivery page.


A medium-sized, fast-growing suckering tree with highly ornamental foliage. Native to western and southern Europe, it was introduced into Britain shortly after the last Ice Age. The large, almost maple-like leaves are covered in white down, which remains on the underside of the leaf throughout the season. The contrast between the dark upper leaves and the woolly-white underside creates a beautiful effect in even the slightest breeze.

Site and soil

The White Poplar does well on most soils, including chalk, and in wet areas. It is tolerant of coastal salt spray and winds.

Height and spread

After 10 years: 9m x 4m
After 20 years: 15m x 7m

Leaf and bark

The leaves are large, to 10cm, and maple-like with five lobes. Young leaves are covered with a white hairy down, which gradually fades from the upper surface, but is retained on the underside throughout the season. The upper surface becomes dark green, turning yellow before leaf fall in autumn. Young shoots are covered with the same white down, which is gradually worn away as the season advances. The bark is smooth and white or grey, with darker diamond-shaped marks.

Flower, seed and fruit

The flowers are catkins borne in late winter and early spring. The White Poplar is dioecious, male and female catkins being borne on separate trees. Male catkins are red, females green, the latter producing masses of fluffy seeds which are dispersed by the wind in June. When bought in quantity there is a good chance both sexes will be represented.


Shelter belt; an attractive ornamental specimen tree for parks, large gardens and coastal areas.


The White Poplar supports a range of insects, butterflies and moths.


The White Poplar is not usually pruned.