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How to Plant Your Poplar Tree

Our hybrid poplars are so low-maintenance that they’re practically hassle-free trees. Give them proper soil, water, and enough light and they will thrive for you all summer long, then please you with a beautiful leaf color show in the fall.

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How To Plant Your Hybrid Poplar tree


# 1 | Our Poplar trees are shipped bare root & dormant, so the tops may appear dry. But they will come out of dormancy when the spring temperature gets warmer.


# 2 | If you feel unsure that your plant is alive, please do a gentle scratch test. Gently scratch a small amount of bark about one inch up from the base of the plant. If it is white or green under the bark it is alive!

# 3 | As you prepare your planting site, allow the roots of the plant to be kept moist, soaking the roots in water for 1-hour prior to planting can help survival. To grow your poplar tree, choose a location in full sun.


#4 | Hybrid poplars usually live 35 years or more and grow to 45-90 feet tall. Once your poplar is established on a suitable site. Give it enough light, proper soil and plenty of moisture and the hybrids can grow 4-6 feet a year early in their life span


#5 | To plant your poplar dig a hole deep enough (about 6-inches deeper than the root) so that the brittle taproot is not stressed, and wide enough that the entire root system is not compressed.


#5 | Backfill the hole a few inches at a time. Tamp the soil down with care so you don't damage the roots. Finish backfilling all of the way. Build a small berm, or hill, around the root zone to hold water in and direct it towards the plants.


#6 | Water your poplar thoroughly. Keep the soil moist for the first season so the roots can develop.


#7 | Spread a 3-inch layer of wood, pine or bark mulch over the planting bed. Keep the mulch about 6 inches from the base of the plant to avoid introducing any disease or insect problems.


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