White Poplar

white poplar leaves
White Poplar Leaves - Photo by Paul Wray, Iowa State University

White poplar (Populus alba) is a medium to large tree native to Europe and western Asia along rivers and in bottomlands. Its trunk is crooked, often forked, forming a large spreading, irregular crown. The leaves are three to five lobes, long and almost as long as broad. Leaf underside and twigs are hairy and white. Branches are cream or white colored.

Hardiness: Zones 1 through 6

Growth Rate: Fast

Mature Shape: Narrow to rounded

Height: Mature size varies with species, ranging from 50 feet to 100 feet.

Width: Varies with species.

Site Requirements: Native to North America, aspen trees grow naturally in moist sites and full sun.

Leaves: Alternate, simple, with lobed and pointed tips

fuzzy, white poplar flowers
White Poplar Flowers - Photo by Paul Wray, Iowa State University

Flowering Dates: Aril - May

Seed Dispersal Dates: May - June

Seed Bearing Age: 10-15 years

Seed Bearing Frequency: Yearly 

Seed Stratification: No stratification period is needed.


Diseases that Can Affect White Poplar

Insects that Can Affect White Poplar