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One of the fastest growing shade trees you can find. Shoots up to 8-10 feet a year, and gives you great shade from the summer sun- which can cut down your AC bills!

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Hybrid Poplar

Classic Shade Tree Grows up to 8 feet per year


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker shade the first full growing season.

5-6 ft.
Oversized Fee: $7.00 each

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List: $89.95
Sale: $67.46
6 at $64.09 ea.

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker shade the first full growing season.

3-4 ft.

Ships Tomorrow
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List: $49.95
Sale: $37.46
6 at $35.59 ea.
Hybrid Poplar
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Poplar Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. Poplar Trees Slow Release Fertilizer Tablets. Your tree will get the optimal nutrition when it needs it most.
Fungi Tree Guard Fertilizer Tabs
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard Fertilizer Tablets
Sale: $14.96
Planting Mix for Hybrid Poplar
Hybrid Poplar Planting Mix

Helps your Hybrid Poplar get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
Sale: $10.46

Ships at the Proper Planting Time for Your Area
South ships on date above. North ships in spring.

One of the fastest growing and most attractive shade trees you can find.

New home builders love to use our Poplars as front yard shade trees. They quickly become established and can add thousands to a homes value. Hybrid Poplars have a pleasing oval shape that complements any property.

You can plant these Poplars wherever you need fast shade or privacy. They’ve been known to grow up to 8 ft. in a single year. At 40-50 feet, you can strategically plant them to block the direct sunlight... dramatically lowering your air conditioning costs. In the winter, they drop their dense green foliage, letting through sunlight when it’s needed most.

• Extremely easy to grow
• Tolerates poor soils including acidic, alkaline, or wet soils
• Thrives in virtually any growing condition

Beware – not all Hybrid Poplars are the same. Ours are bred for landscape purposes, not timber. So you get a better formed, long-lived tree.

Growing Zones: 3-8

Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 30 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Populus
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 3-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 3-8
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Why Buy from Fast Growing Trees?

Save Money

Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

Tree to Door

Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

When Will I Get My Order?

Northern Areas shaded on the below Map are shipped in Spring. You can find your ship date next to Your Growing Zone on the chart below. If this is a Gift, or you want your plants sooner, we’re happy to ship them out right away.

Southern & Western Areas colored White on the Map are generally shipped right away unless the product page gives a specific ship date. If you prefer to plant later in spring when the weather warms up, just let us know and we’ll delay your shipping.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
  Zone 5 April 15th
  Zone 6,7,8,9,10,11 Ships Now

Can I Plant Now?

Yes…Your Hybrid Poplar can be planted any time of year… even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. ;

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ ~28% of order

It's Easy to Plant your Hybrid Poplar

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Hybrid Poplar.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Hybrid Poplar gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Hybrid Poplar again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
By: Larry in Hillsboro, TX
When I planted 5 Hybrid Poplars in the Fall of 2007 they were just "sticks" about 4 ft. tall. I planted three of them on the west side of our home to shade two bedroom windows and two in the front yard, facing South, for landscaping. The two in front are now about nine feet tall and the ones on the west side are about five feet tall. All are very healthy and Im looking forward to the shade they will provide.

By: Tim in Grimes, IA
Very vigorous grower! Specimen tree in front and back yards - it is a great growing tree. They have both doubled in size already. One problem we had in the back yard tree it grew so fast it doubled over - proper staking and support corrected the problem quickly. We are very happy with them.

By: Bryan in Hastings, MI
We planted four hybrid poplars in 2006 that were about 4 ft tall. Now, all the trees are all around 25 feet tall! I swear you can see new growth every morning when you get up. Great trees, and fun to watch grow.

By: Margaret in Florida
If you want a majestic fast growing, this is it. And to top it off, the leaves are a gorgeous heart shape.

By: Victor in Washington, DC
I planted the Hybrid Poplar tree in the Fall of 2008. It was 3 ft tall and of course I had my doubts. But once Spring rolled in the tree started sprouting leaves. Weve gotten so much rain this spring that our tree is well over 7 feet tall and already is showing a full collection of leaves - looking like a mini tree. I placed three heavy stakes around the tree to prevent severe swaying. Weve also gotten a lot of wind this past spring. I guess Im a little cautious but Im so proud of this tree I dont want it to be uprooted. I expect to continue to grow well over 12 feet this year! So far so good, Im very happy and excited.

By: Dean in IL
I love my trees and I am so glad that I went to your website. These trees are great and are growing faster than any trees I have seen. I thought that a Maple tree grew quick but the Hybrid Poplar and the Royal Empress blow them away. Great Company and Great trees! Thank You for being in business and I will be buying more next spring.

By: Ishmael in Lancaster, CA
I ordered 40 plus trees, and theyre all doing great. Easy maintenance. Fast growing. Good looking tree.

By: Mary Anne in Palm Coast, FL
I live in Florida and the back of our home faces West. Very Hot. We planted our hybrid poplar tree right off the patio. We needed shade desperately. With any other tree we would wait years for the growth we need to get shade. Well, let me tell you everything you said about this tree is true. It is a little over a year and half and it is now 15 feet tall. We are amazed, and so are people that visit. I pointed out to them when I planted the tree or should I say stick. Now! They cant believe it is the same tree. I had intentions of purchasing two more for my son for the front of his home here in Florida.

By: Susan in Rock Springs, WY
My hybrid poplar trees arrived in very good shape. I planted my poplars behind my vinyl privacy fence as a windbreak. The wind in Wyoming is brutal and the little trees took quite a beating last winter. I did stake them and fence them, putting up burlap as a protector. They leafed out well in the spring and looked good all summer but did not get as big as I had hoped. They probably grew 2 feet but are still not visible over my six foot fence. I am watering them with a drip system probably 2.5 gallons a day or double that when the temp is over 95 degrees. Maybe I should water more gallons less often ? The soil is very clayey but I tried to amend it well before planting. All in all I love the trees and am very satisfied with the purchase.

By: Jason in Waco, TX
Purchased and planted this tree in late Feb 2009. Tree is now 6 feet tall... The tree grew 5 feet in 6 months! Has leaves like you wouldnt believe. They are about 10 inches long by 8 inches wide. Im guessing the tree will have grown to 8 feet tall by the end of summer if not more.

By: Ted in Brentwood, TN
Planted my tree late summer 2007. Last year was the first full year of growth and as advertised it grew about 10 feet. If the tree grows at the same pace this year my deck will have afternoon shade for the first time.

By: Alicia in Denton, TX
We planted our hybrid poplar in the front yard ,our first tree,. It has grown so fast! The leaves are healthy and big ,some are as much as 6 inches wide,. Every couple of days we measure it because it is growing so fast. We planted the tree at the end of March. It is now the middle of July and the tree has grown 3 feet and 3 inches! We do have to stake the tree as it grows a little faster than it is able to support itself. It is a great tree! The neighbors have commented on watching it grow. We are talking about which shade tree to buy next for the backyard.

By: Sarah in Hattiesburg, MS
I planted my hybrid poplar tree 2 years ago. It has done very well and has grown faster than I thought it would. Im sure it will be a beautiful tree. It has been no trouble and is growing in somewhat rocky soil.

By: JR in Greenville, TX
This tree is growing steadily after overcoming an initial shock phase. It made great strides this summer, and its foliage is 2-3 times thicker and the height is about 1 foot taller than last summer. Tolerates drought well. Easy to plant.

By: Jake in Southern NJ
I will start by saying that when it comes to trees and landscaping, I dont know much. My lawn looks terrific, but trees and shrubbery are a different story. I have a single story house with a small front yard, and 100% sunlight beating on my living room all day long. The living room is several degrees higher than the rest of the house, just because of this. So I need some shade fast in my front yard. I found this tree by doing a simple search on Google for "fast growing tree". Within 3 days of doing that search, my hybrid poplar arrived. I was shocked to see a large root ball, and the excellent health of the tree overall. Ive seen others, and they come as a stick with a single new root. Not this one, it came with a nice root ball that was ready to grow right out of the box. I planted mine on 6/20/09, thinking it was already late in the season, and that we might not see a whole lot of growth in this year. I planted it that same day at 59 1/2 inches. By 8/4/09 I went out and measured it, and it was at 89 inches tall already. I measured it again this morning ,8/30/09, and it currently sits at 103 inches tall ,over 8 ft. tall!,. So in a grand total of 2 months and 1 week, we have gotten a vertical growth of 43 1/2 inches. We also have several nice branches starting to grow. When I planted it, I dug out a much larger hole in the ground, and mixed in 2 bags of good top soil, some peat moss, and some scotts planting soil. Since then, I cannot believe the speed with which this tree is growing. I could not be happier with such a simple purchase. Thank you very much to the people growing these trees...it is a bargain of a price, and a very well cared for young tree. Hopefully at this rate, by the end of year 3 we will see some shade on our living room.

By: Fred in Nampa, ID
Its growing by leaps and bounds. It has a nice shape. The trunk will probably be strong enough next year to go without being supported. A few times we thought our winds had totally blown it down, but we would stake it up again and it continued to grow.

By: Willis in Lincoln, NE
I like the fast growth as I need shade fast. Great tree. The tree took to growing like it belonged here, it will make a great shade tree in my lawn.

By: Todd
Just received the two hybrid poplar trees a couple days ago, and got them planted. They looked wonderful! Even had leaves on them, and very little wilt. Thank you so much for your help, and taking care of me quickly. Very nice company to deal with. Hope yall have a great week!

By: Brandon in Fort Wayne, IN
This tree is growing quite nicely even through the first harsh winter we had. It still is growing at a rapid rate. I highly recommend the Hybrid Poplar.

By: Jen in Red Bluff, CA
We planted the Hybrid Poplar in spring of 08, it was about 3-4 feet tall. My ,new, chocolate lab puppy decided to "trim" it by chewing it to about 1 foot tall. We thought it would die. It didnt. As of my last look at the tree, it stands taller than my house!!! Its about 12 feet tall right now!!! Healthy and full and the trunk is about 5 inches in diameter. If you are looking for a fast shade tree ... get this one. Thank you Fast-Growing-Trees.com!

By: janet Walters
So far so good. We planted three Poplars last fall and all three are doing very well. I think one has grown about 6 to 7 feet while the other two have grown a little less but they receive a bit less sun. We were very pleased with the condition of the three trees when they arrived.

By: Carrie in Alexander, AR
We planted our Hybrid Poplar trees last April and theyve already grown about 5 feet! Were really pleased with them!

By: Steve
I have ordered probably over 50 trees from this company, they have always gave me great service and they replace any tree that doesn't take off. Only one or two had to be replaced. The Hybrid Poplar is growing like a weed here in Orlando, I had to leave for a month after planting it and came home to find that it grew about 36 inches in a month!!

By: Alex in Columbus, OH
I got some Hybrid Poplars to help block the sun while we are outside on our deck. The trees are great so far. The are growing so fast, just as advertised. I am hoping that the are tall enough to block the sun next summer.

By: Maggie in Spring Grove, PA
My tree grew very fast!!!! Love it, may get another one!!!!!!!

By: Mike in Albuquerque, NC
I was surprised at the size of this bare root plant. I followed the instructions and watered as directed, & the trees quickly grew to about 6 feet tall. Thank you

By: Jack Taylor
The tree has performed wonderfully. It is growing and looks like it will grow the 5 to 7 feet as promised. I water it twice weekly with the water bag I purchased for it and it seems to be hardy.

By: Jacque from Michigan
These trees are amazing! I planted two of these in June of 2010 ( it is now November 2011). One is 12 feet tall and the other is 10 feet tall! Both are doing very well, and I'm extremely satisfied!

By: Karen
These trees are beautiful and do grow fast. BUT they can be fine in the fall and be dead in the spring. We have had 5 of these trees (7years old and very tall) die. In the fall, their leaves simply turned black, and fell off. In the spring they were dead. I have heard other people who had them say that they are not a very long living tree. And much of the root system comes up above ground and makes mowing a nightmare.

By: Dave in Wisconsin
My willows are older than the poplars and are about 15 to 20 feet tall! My poplars are newer and are about 6 to 12 feet tall! I did lose two of the Hybrid Poplars the first year, however they were replaced and the replacements are growing just fine now. Good product and good service!!

By: Ben Duperroir
I ordered the 5-7 FT hybrid poplar. I was very disappointed when it arrived .... it was a twig. It can't even stand up on it's own because it will just bend over, like a long blade of grass. I really am hoping that over the next few weeks it proves me wrong and shows some significant growth and stability.

By: Linda
I bought a Hybrid Poplar last summer for my back yard. It was a tiny little stick. One year later it is well over 10ft with big lush green leaves. Make sure you stake these trees. If you go on vacation and come back they could topple over w/ the growth rate these trees have. I love it!

By: Michelle
OMG! I planted 3 of these trees in the springtime and the one that wasn't eaten in half by my horse is now at least 12 feet tall! The other two munched down are about 9 feet tall! These are amazing trees. I will have to stake up all 3 pretty soon because the winds can get strong here in Modesto, CA. ALSO, I saw some reviews from people in Lancaster, CA and Red Bluff, CA.....we all live in VERY different climates so that goes to show how adaptable these trees are. I just wished this company would plant a tree in the USA for every plant sold.

By: jeff
I planted 6 of the shorter trees spring before last, the trees took off! they all grew over 6' the 1st year. This year I have lost 2 and others have barrely grown to about 8 foot there not doing good at all, alkaline soil and growing zone 10 are too much?ive got them on drip and they water every 6 days.

By: Brenda
I planted my hybrid one year ago and its about 14 feet tall. The leaves are huge. Simply love it.

By: jim
Great trees. One of the hybrid poplars i planted has grown 7 feet in 4 months.

By: Steve Loftin
Grows extremely fast. Mine is 25 feet tall and 6 inches wide in 2 years, from a 3 foot stick the size of my pinky. Because of this, VERY WEAK immune system, and I've been fighting leaf rust like crazy both years. Had to treat it for boring beetles the first year. If this tree does not die and beats the odds after next year, maybe it will be ok. But, I've learned my lesson with hybrid poplars. They are cool for the growth factor, and that's where it stops. They are very hard to maintain and not worth the trouble and money. I've spent more trying to keep it alive than I have on gasoline to run my mower. It's like getting a special breed of dog and all of the flaws that come with that breed (allergies, skin problems, etc). I won't ever plant another one of these. Who needs fast shade when it's going to be short lived? I PROMISE you that a tree that grows like this has been bred for speed, but also for an early demise (even if unintentional). It's just the nature of the beast. Now I know what people meant on the forums I had read. Sometimes we just have to find out the hard way. Sure has been fascinating watching it skyrocket though. If you just want to see how fast it grows, buy one. I'd like to know what all of the others who reviewed thier's early, have to say now. Giving it three stars for the growth "wow" factor, and because it is still alive for now.

By: Mike in Augusta GA
They said this was a fast growing tree but all I can say is wow! This beautiful tree has grown more than 6 ft in one season.

By: Janet Walters
A year ago last Fall I purchased three Poplars; one hybrid and two regulars for different locations on our property. All three arrived in great shape, doubled in size or more and promise to be lovely large shade tree within another year. I am thrilled with their progress.

By: Mary Beth
Bought two of these trees about four years ago. They were just big sticks when they came in the mail, but it didn't take long before they took off. Every year there is SIGNIFICANT growth. Can't believe they're only 4 years old. They're taller than the house now. Other trees in our yard, particularly oaks that we planted much longer ago, are puny next to these monsters. Love 'em. They throw nice shade on the house and on the yard which is exactly what I bought them for. They do tend to have premature yellowing and dropping of the leaves though. Don't know if it's due to pests or what. This year, one of our trees is already dropping a lot of yellow leaves right now (mid-August) but the other one is not. I have to investigate the cause and remedy.

By: Larry
Tree arrived bare and looking like a stick. I planted it in the spring of 2012 in a full lite stop of my backyard. Well in 3-4 months it went from a 3 1/2 foor stick to a 7+ ft tree with several branches and large green leaves. I am in NC and this was a hot summer and lots of watering. I did have to stack the tree as it was growing tall and was a bit week in the trunk to start. No problems now.

By: Jim From Utah
HO LEE COW! These are growing great!!! We put them on our lawn so they get LOTS of sprinkler water and they could not be happier. Could not be happier with this tree! Thanks again!

By: Douglas
I bought this tree to get quick shade in a new lot in Lexington KY. When it arrived in fall of 2010 it was a 6 foot bare stick growing at an odd 30 degree angle. Now (August 2013) it is a handsome straight tree 20+ feet tall.

By: Michael Koesters
The trees are doing great. Hopefully they take off next year and grow a couple of feet.

By: Doug - Kalamazoo Mi
Bought 3 of these that arrived around 5 ft tall in summer of 2011 and planted on the west side of the house for shade. Now, Summer 2013, they are about 15 feet tall and growing fast. Everyone is amazed at how good they look. Our soil is very sandy but with water and fertilizer, they should be great shade trees in a couple more years.

By: Marilyn Blenker
When we got this tree in 2007, it was just a stick, The first couple years, it needed to be staked as it continued to vigorously grow. It's now a beautiful 35-40 foot shade tree with a trunk that's at least a foot across. The problem is that the roots are shallow, and long. They're going into our neighbor's yard and sending up shoots. We have to cut the tree down to avoid bad relations with the neighbor.

By: Linda
I received my 2 ft tree this past Friday and I was so impressed. It looks great to be so small. The pot it came in had soil in it and it was still moist. Very well package. I am excited to plant it and watch it grow.

By: sjanna singletary
Planted my 4 Hybrid Poplar trees about 5 years ago. 1 is about 40 feet high, 2 are about 30 feet high and one is inching along at about 18 feet. I love the trees, they provide great shade in much needed areas and I love hearing the wind through their leaves. Very easy to maintain. Unfortunately, I found that the tallest one decided to bloom this year. It has a massive amount of cottony stuff that blows all over the place and gets caught every where and in flower beds. Quite annoying and quite hard to get out of the mulch. It flies all over when sitting on the back patio. So bad you have to cover your drinks so it doesn't land in it. From the kitchen window it literally looks like it is snowing all day. Quite disappointed. I have loved these trees for 5 years and now .... not so much. Just hoping the other ones do not have this annoying problem or I will not be able to keep them as I have read that the cotton like stuff can get in your car radiator, ac units, etc and also can catch fire quite fast near a grill or fire pit. BEWARE!!!!! This site should not sell female poplars... or at least let you know in the description that this could happen. If anyone has a solution other than cutting it down or spraying an herbicide all over it in spring that will cause my other flowers and shrubs not to bloom from sprayover. I would love to hear about it.

By: Jessica
When my trees arrived 3 years ago I opened the box and thought STICKS? I ordered trees! I thought I would never hear the end of the teasing I endured for ordering trees online. I planted my sticks- the dowels I used to help stake them were thicker than my tree. The very next summer they got a few leaves.. well boy did they take off!! Beautiful trees!! I have trimmed them several times this last year!! Now I'm the one joking HOW ABOUT THEM STICKS!!

By: David - Reno, NV.
What can I say ......... If I had more room in the yard I would plant many more of these trees. The tree started as a small thin "stick" 4 feet long and has grown into a tree 30 feet high and 15 feet wide in just 3 years! Needless to say I am very happy with the purchase and would recommend it to anyone that need a great shade tree for their yard. This tree gets 5 stars from me.

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