Populus canescens (Grey Poplar)
|Price £ each (ex. VAT)|
Bareroot from November to April
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A tall fast-growing handsome tree, commonly supposed to be a hybrid between the White Poplar and the Aspen. The leaves have distinctive woolly-white undersides, which give the whole tree a silvery appearance, especially in early summer. Because it resists coastal winds well, it is an excellent choice for seaside planting, and will grow well on both sand and chalky soils.
Site and soil
Most soils except acidic sites. This is the best poplar for chalky soils. Good in exposed and coastal locations.
Height and spread
After 10 years: 10m x 4m
After 20 years: 15m x 8m
Leaf and bark
The leaves are a glossy dark green, triangular to ovate in shape with jagged edges to 8cm long. Young leaves are downy-white all over, but the down falls away from the upper surface by summer. Leaves turn yellow before leaf fall in autumn. The bark is greyish-brown and ridged, but in places it can be much paler with dark streaks.
Flower, seed and fruit
The flowers are catkins produced in late winter/early spring. They Grey Poplar is dioecious, that is, male and female flowers are borne on separate trees. Male catkins are red, the females green, ripening in June to release masses of fluffy seeds. Female trees are rare.
Screening, shelter belts, specimen tree.
A large number of insects, butterflies and moths are supported by the Grey Poplar.
The Grey Poplar is not usually pruned, but broken branches should be tidied back to a clean cut as soon as possible.