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Superior Hybrid Poplar

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Growing Zones: 3-8
(hardy down to -30℉)



Growing Zones 3-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-50 ft.

Mature Width:

30 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:

Fast

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Botanical Name:

Populus

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AZ



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Classic Shade Tree Grows up to 8 feet per year

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.

When you receive your trees, they don't look like much. Plant them 8-10 feet apart and stand back. They fill out faster than most hedge trees we know of... typically forming into a thick green wall by the end of the first full growing season.

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.





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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.
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
Fast and hardy!
I ordered 9 of these in the 5-6 feet option about 3 1/2 months ago. I also ordered the starter food for each tree.

As of today, all 9 trees are more than double their original height. One is a full 10 feet taller, which is impressive.

I did stake the trees because I did not want them blown over during this critical first year.

I live in Eastern Nebraska.
August 25, 2014
Growing Zone:
5
We live in eastern Iowa and planted 5 of these back in June of 2010 to help block out the unsightly interstate not far off. Their growth is incredible; they are all close to 20-30 ft tall after 3 seasons. They only thing I don't like is some of the leaves tend to yellow drop off way earlier than other trees (like mid-late summer). But for a quick privacy barrier, they do the trick.
January 1, 2013
Hybrid Poplars
We had quaking aspens that kept dying every 10 years and had to be cut down and removed. As we looked around our neighborhood, we noticed the bigger poplars still alive and thriving so we decided to replace aspens with poplars for long time shade in our backyard. Our trees have new growth already and hoping they will grow and thrive for years to come.
September 24, 2014
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
4
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.
January 1, 2013
Fast Growing, a Lot of Maintenance
I purchased 5 of these in June 2010, as of summer 2014, they are in the 30-35 ft range. I am definitely satisfied with the growth rate, they accomplished what we bought them for, quick privacy. They tend to start shedding leaves early in the season though (late July-August) and are susceptible to disease. Some of mine have gotten a type of leaf fungus disease and can shed many leaves early. In order to minimize that problem you need to rake those up, or it will return next season. With the size of mine, as of this August I need to rake up almost a lawnbag's worth of leaves every week before I mow the lawn., very annoying and time consuming.
August 15, 2014
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.
January 1, 2013
Purchased
over 5 years ago
We planted our Hybrid Poplar trees last April and theyve already grown about 5 feet! Were really pleased with them!
January 1, 2013
Hard to tell this early
They came nice and tall, a little skinny, but nice and tall. I have only had them a few months so it is hard to tell how they are really going to be. So far I am satisfied.
September 25, 2014
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
4

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Superior Hybrid Poplar


Superior Hybrid Poplar Planting Diretions Place your Hybrid Poplar Tree in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Your Hybrid Poplar Tree will prefer to have at least six hours of sunlight a day. For a hedge or privacy screen plant your Hybrid Poplars about five feet apart and their foliage will quickly fill in.

Your Hybrid Poplar will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay. Although a pH balance over 8.0 can be harmful to your Hybrid Poplar Tree. Test your soil with a pH meter to find its pH balance. Keep your soil moist and not over saturated. Make sure that your soil is well draining. Usually Hybrid Poplar Trees don't require any fertilizer and grow fine on their own.

Hybrid Poplar Trees can handle wet conditions, but don't want to sit in standing water. Short term flooding is fine, as long as the water keeps moving. Try to mimic your natural environment for your tree, and only give it extra water during times of drought.

Planting & Care

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Jane W on Sep 20, 2017
Need quick growing shade tree.
"" " on Aug 10, 2017
shade
Jane W on Sep 20, 2017
I was looking for fast growing shade trees. Also felt the price was good and qualified for the free shipping.
Janet S on Aug 20, 2017
Need quick growing shade tree.
"" " on Aug 10, 2017
Fast growing
Brie K on Aug 9, 2017
The builders cleared way too many trees from the front of our home. We chose these trees (2) to help rebuild the landscape and provide needed shade.
John J on Jul 31, 2017
I wanted shade fast and the deep green color of these leaves is very attractive.
Brad T on Jul 27, 2017
Planted 8 at a previous home and they are awesome. They are great trees.
michael p on Jul 17, 2017
fast growing..need shade quickly
Brett o on Jul 11, 2017
Need a fast growing shade tree
Dan H on Jul 8, 2017
Building a new home this will be a good start to the landscaping
JoAnn T on Jul 5, 2017
i wanted shade fast
Trevor L on Jun 28, 2017
This a replacement tree of the tulip poplar that had to be cut down recently. I can't wait for the shade to begin!!!!!
Brenda B on Jun 26, 2017
friend referral
Tyler M on Jun 21, 2017
Wanted a large tree
Robin R on Jun 19, 2017
The sound of the leaves in the wind.
Hetti M on Jun 16, 2017
Fast growing.
Leslie S on Jun 9, 2017
For the shade.
ROBERTA K on Jun 7, 2017
I was searching for an extremely fast growing tree to plant.
Rebecca K on Jun 6, 2017
Need fast growing shade.
Kenneth L on Jun 5, 2017
Based on the reviews, and I hope they grow as fast as reviews indicate.
Myra S on Jun 3, 2017
Because, #1fast growing tree.
I need fast growing tree for privacy from my next door people
Juliana M on May 30, 2017
I chose this tree based on the reviews and fast growing potential.
Sue C on May 29, 2017
it looks good
Lenny M on May 24, 2017
looks nice
john s on May 23, 2017
We live in an urban area and have lost some of our neighborhood's tree canopy to development. I chose these to grow up and fill out in our front yard near the street to add to the tree-lined street feel our block has.
Chris K on May 20, 2017
Fast growing tree with great shade cover
Wayne s on May 18, 2017
Needing shade in my front yard very badly.
Joy H on May 18, 2017
need shade QUICK. Beautiful yellow fall color
mark j on May 16, 2017
They are a fast growing shade tree. Adapts well to soil when planted.
Tiffany S on May 14, 2017
Fast Growing
Patricia P on May 14, 2017
Privacy, quick growth.
Katie F on May 14, 2017
Shade
James H on May 11, 2017
Fast Growing
Patrick B on May 4, 2017
Need a fast growing shade tree
joan d on Apr 30, 2017
Fast growth and proper growing zone
W A on Apr 29, 2017
I chose this tree because they said it's a fast-growing tree and that is what I need
Connie B on Apr 28, 2017
Fast grower
Paul L on Apr 28, 2017
We were looking for a quick growing shade tree for our backyard--and this species fit the bill. Can't wait to get it in the ground.
Kevin C on Apr 24, 2017
Picked this tree because I have a new build property with no shade or mature trees. Hope this one grows fast!
melinda n on Apr 24, 2017
Nice shape, looking to add some shade and block the view of some houses in our yard
Stephanie N on Apr 23, 2017
Fast growing
Monica E on Apr 21, 2017
I wanted a fast growing shade tree but will have to keep the growth in check once it reaches about 25 feet. To be used for shade on deck
Gary D on Apr 21, 2017
fast growing shade
hui f on Apr 19, 2017
fast growth, shade and to hide an unsightly neighboring building
Christopher S on Apr 17, 2017
Large back yard with no trees and no privacy.
Genevieve A on Apr 17, 2017
Needed a little extra shade for the back quarter acre.
Rick B on Apr 17, 2017
fast growing shade tree
kearney k on Apr 15, 2017
Looking for a fast growing shade tree. Can't comment further. This is my first purchase and have no info to forward.
Marcia D on Apr 14, 2017
I need a tree that will grow quickly and offers shade.
Chris L on Apr 13, 2017
Nice,Huge,well rounded fast growing tree.
Timothy B M on Apr 13, 2017
I was looking for fast growing shade trees. Also felt the price was good and qualified for the free shipping.
Janet S on Aug 20, 2017
Fast growing
Brie K on Aug 9, 2017
I have 3 of them they are 5 years old and 40 ft tall but they look like they are dieing no leafs on them this year why is that?
floyd B on Jun 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It was a really rough winter. They might be behind schedule and still in a state of dormancy. If you take a coin or fingernail and gently scratch some of the surface are of the bark what color is underneath?
what is the danger of the tree blowing down on houses if large roots are growing several inches above ground?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Hybrid poplars do have surface roots over time, but they also go down and anchor themselves pretty well, and are not known to be uprooted easily. Any tree can be blown over if the winds are strong enough.
Spacing between three poplar trees ?
A shopper on May 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: this is an extremely fast growing tree, I would allow at least 10 foot spacing.
We lost a Plum tree to the remnants of a hurricane in 1998 and replanted another 5' Plum tree in the same spot. This past week, that tree came down with straight-line, 50 miles per hour wind gusts during a t-storm. We are seeking another tree for the exact same spot. Does this tree have a strong root system that would allow it to survive routine storms? Losing these trees is like losing a member of the family. They were both about 25 feet tall at their demise.
GTrain3 on Jun 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The hybrid poplar is a soft wood and gives a lot to the wind. Where I live we have wind gusts up to about 20 mph and I can already see damage to the trunk. Even though I have it secured, it still flexes at the base. My tree is going on 2 yrs old and is about 7.5 ft tall. If u live in an area with high a winds I recommend a more hard wood tree. It takes longer to grow but will probably last a lot longer
is this a good tree to plant close to house? about 6 feet away? if not, recommend which trees are? Fresno ca 93720
rrerfr r on Jun 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant 25 foot away from a structure.
Is the Superior Hybrid Poplar tree deer proof or at least deer resistant?
Helen G on Mar 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have white tails in my yard every night and i have to say they don't eat on these at all but the bucks still rub on them. They're fairly springy so the rubbing really hasn't bothered them as far as breakage..
Are these potted with a root ball or are they they bare root?
A shopper on Jun 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It depends on the time of the year. If the tree is dormant in the winter months it is healthier for it to be sent bare root. If the tree has broken winter dormancy it is shipped in a pot or with its root ball wrapped.
What time of year is best for planting a Hybrid Poplar in zone 7 ?
A shopper on Jul 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Spring and/or fall are optimal, but any time from sp. to f. will do if you are religious about keeping them hydrated (and maybe shaded from the most severe of the sun) for 3-4 mos. as the roots work their way out of the root ball and into the new soil-in-situ. Having the drip watering donut they sell can help, or a soaker hose.
can I plant them in the summer ?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but water every other day and maybe shade from noonday sun til roots are established.
is this tree always green?
A shopper on Aug 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, for the most part. For a very short time in the spring, when the leaves are small, they have a little pinkish green coloring. If the tree is experiencing a drought condition, some leaves turn yellow. Other than that, it has medium to deeper green leaves. I should add that I feed mine a 10-10-10 fertilizer twice a year.
What type or kind of fertilizer do I use ? /
warren j on Jun 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Only organic, no synthetic until fully established - say 4 months, to avoid burning roots.
if delivered in winter can u wait until spring to plant this ?tree?
Andrea w on Jan 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes you wait until spring to plant
What is the lifespan of the hybrid poplar?
Kemo S on Jul 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Only know what I have read. 30 -50 years. I do have a friend that planted their's 31 years ago and it is still going strong. Planted mine in spring 2013. The trunk has doubled in diameter since mid April and it is now above the peak of my shed (13 foot)
Is the root invasive?
A shopper on May 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I was certain i read that this tree grows strong roots but is not invasive. Mine is 4 years old and is huge, i have not had any problems with roots being invasive or at the surface. I have found this tree does best watered with some sun around, to prevent mold. It grows like crazy the hotter out it is. It is my favorite tree in the yard. Not messy at all. If you are looking for a pretty tree with a nice shape that provides shade fast this is it.
I would like to plant this near a driveway, behind a basketball hoop. How far away should it be planted? I would like to make sure the roots don't ruin the pavement and that the branches don't block the hoop.
Christie J on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Keep the tree well back. The Hybrid Poplar grows very fast and will surprise you. I have several in my yard and I keep at least 15 feet separation
Does this tree give off any "cotton" or "seeds" like a cottonwood?
Alaina D on May 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted 3 of these at my house and 5 at my in-laws house about 15 years ago. they did not drop cotton at first, but when they were about 10 yrs old they started dropping cotton like crazy every spring for about four weeks. Great shade trees, but extremely messy in the spring. Looks like it is snowing some days.
can I still plant this tree in August in NC?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I did ours in Aug, just put the roots deep
Is it drought resistant?
Beachrat on Jul 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We live in an area of desert conditions. This tree certainly appears to be drought resistant. Since our tree is still small (about 8 feet tall) I water it every 3 days just to be sure it stays well. A slow drip of water for about 1/2 hour. We also have a bit of wind at intervals so the tree is also still staked. Hope I've helped you.
Susanne
Do they like heat of over 100 degrees?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: they are tolerant of heat over 100 degrees but favor alot of water. Try not to let the tree dry out in sandy soils or dry conditions, water every few days if possible for young trees that are establishing. but they tolerate very warm temps of 100 degrees or more with water. Drought conditions could cause you to loose the tree.
Is it a dirty tree ( like the helicopters of the maple ) ?
Mark G on Jun 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: So far we haven't seen any evidence of that. It is still young,though. When we got it , it was just a little stick! We wondered if it would grow - but it grows like crazy. It is tall but hasn't filled out yet. When that happens I might have a better answer.
How soon before we see some new growth on freshly planted hybrid poplars? We planted them 3 weeks ago, along with many other trees. Everything has new growth except the poplars. They look like dry sticks still. Should I be concerned?
Tina B on May 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We planted ours in 2014 and the first year we didn't see a ton of new growth. Does yours have any leaves? Ours had leaves the first year, so I'd be concerned if it doesn't. The next spring we saw a ton of new growth and it continued all summer. We are at about the 2 year mark of planting it and it's doubled in size since then.
I'd say as long as leaves are growing, just be patient this first year and worry more if nothing happens next year.
Hope that helps!
when is the best time to plant this hybrid poplar tree and how big of a whole does it need to be??
chica on Jul 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Well this does depend on ( 70º - 90º on what climate and zone ) your'e planting this beautiful fast growing " hybrid poplar ". Northern California (all most in Oregon ) on the coast i plant my trees between Jan. 1 and Feb.17th.( my B/D ).
I bought the 5'-6' size.
The hole i dug was 15" wide and 12" deep.
I do cut 1/3 of the root off.
Thanks for my in put. Michael. Arcata,Ca.
During the first 12-24 months, how often would you say you need to water this tree to thrive in the high Chihuahuan Desert climate of El Paso, Texas?
LRafinan on Feb 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I found my Hybrid Poplars to be very hardy. I planted them on my country land which is heavy clay/ loam and couldn't get to them but every 5-7 days or so. I dug a hole about 2'wide by 3' deep and filled with half soil mixed with a good soil amendment and added vermiculite to help hold the water. I slow released 5 gallons of rain water on the trees every 5-7 days for 4 months through the summer. They grew a lot and very healthy. Hope this helps!
A reviewer named as T.R. has 461 reviews... I believe they are fake because no one person would review the same plant 10 times! I was about to buy a tree but now I am not sure. Do you write fake reviews for your trees?
Martha D on Jun 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure about T.R., but I can tell you that the trees I received were wonderful. I did have a tree die and it was replaced at no additional charge to me. Fast-Growing Trees has been reputable and consistent with their products. M.D.
you said plant the tree 25 feet from structure is that radius? kind of worried about concert getting tore up. al someone said they had flowers that produced cotton stuff Do they produce this?
angie on Jul 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted 1 about 10 ft from my house and the other about 13 ft. No root problems, trimmed closest branches as it grew so OK for me. 20 ft would be better. No flowers, helicopter seeds, or anything drops from the trees . Just big leaves, and not that many (much easier to rake up than maple).
Do the hybrid poplar drop their seeds in the form as cotton?
Ron M on Jun 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Ours produce leaves, flowers, and "fruit" but not cotton (or at least none that we are aware of). They don't produce clouds of cotton like mature cottonwood trees.
Can it be planted in the pasture where horses and cattle are ?
Liz S on May 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My neighbor has them lining up right on the edge of his pasture, they seem to do fine there. I wouldn't think it would be any different inside a pasture.
What is the trunk diameter of this 4 to 5 ft tree?
Nancy J on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Nancy when it shipped to me it was less than a half an inch thick. Looked like a small twig with two leaves on it. Now two years later, the trunk is about two to 3 inches wide. The tree stands about 12 feet tall and branches all over the place.
I'm looking for a white poplar tree?
Rose K on Apr 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi Rose. I bought two Superior Hybrid Poplars within the last couple of years. They are extremely fast growing and beautiful and provide great shade. I highly recommend them! They have a white bark.
I live in Colorado, between Denver and Colorado Springs. We have clay soil. Do you think these Hybrid Poplar trees will survive and thrive here?
sally s on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would amend the soil at the time of planting with some good planting mix, after that they will adapt to the surrounding soil.
The growing zones are 3-8. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm

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