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Hybrid Poplar (Shade Form)

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The fast-growing way to quick shade. Tall, oblong-shaped trees sport large, shiny, dark-green leaves that turn golden-yellow in fall. Inconspicuous reddish-purple flowers. No annoying “cotton” like other cottonwood poplars. Grows 5-8 feet per year once established. Plant single trees 30-35' apart for shade. Plant several trees closer, around 6-10' apart in a line for a lush privacy screen or natural windbreak that controls wind and soil erosion year 'round. Avoid planting near structures, pipes, and drains. Cold hardy. Populus deltoides subspecies deltoides


Bloom Color Purple, Red
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 8.0
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 60' tall x 30 - 35' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 30 - 35' apart to ensure room for growth.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow shade trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
They grow quickly to provide screening for my more permanent trees.
T I on May 6, 2017
had this before and lightning hit 2 of them are good if you plant closer together
J D on May 20, 2016
They grow quickly to provide screening for my more permanent trees.
T I on May 6, 2017
Previously had them at a previous house and loved the shade factor.
Jeffrey H on Feb 11, 2017
had this before and lightning hit 2 of them are good if you plant closer together
J D on May 20, 2016
Privacy Screen
Keith H on May 16, 2016
About the only reliable grower around here, high plains desert climate.
Nick P on Mar 23, 2016
Previously had them at a previous house and loved the shade factor.
Jeffrey H on Feb 11, 2017
Privacy Screen
Keith H on May 16, 2016
How will it grow on sandy Cape Cod?
Charles B on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have clay and it is growing great
I don't know about sandy soil though
Is this a "messy tree"? Is it a "hard or soft wood" tree? Hybrid poplar shade trees?
Charles on Mar 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Charles,
I wouldn't call it messy. It does drop its leaves in winter. I planted on a small slope with decomposed granite soil, basically, and yet it is doing well. It needs good watering until the roots get to the water table. Pretty Fall color. I live at 5300 feet on a mountain in Southern California, temperatures can drop to 20's, but it comes back every Spring. Tolerates our sometimes hot dry summers. Doesn't create a lot of shade yet. i think in a better soil and closer to the water table it would grow faster and create more shade. I have no insight into whether it's a hard or softwood.
What is the fall color of these trees?
Dawn M on Aug 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We are in Idaho and start have frost in September. The leaves begin turning fairly soon and become a light yellow/golden color. After a harder freeze they all come off the trees. Our trees have all overwintered well, even with temperatures falling well below zero.
How far away should I stay from a underground water supply line?
Donald on Oct 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Easiest answer: as far as possible! The roots of these trees will seek out underground water sources and, even though their root systems are fairly shallow, planting at least 25 feet away from pipes and other structures (including foundations) is best.
how far apart for privacy hedge.
( hybred poplar ) ?
Greg H on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These can be grown closer together, around 6-10 feet apart, for a wind break.

Customer Reviews

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Fast growing!
I purchased 5 of these tree's last year, I planted them a few days after they arrived. One year later they have doubled in size and now are all about 8' tall
June 4, 2016
over 2 years ago
good tree
I have had problems with getting these trees going at an early age, but once they are established tney grow fast and are beautiful. I must admit a lot of my problems have been with deer, late frosts, and Japanese beetles. The best of these ( I have 12 planted along my driveway) are 20 feet tall after 8 years. I recommend an organic fertilizer like A35 from Nitron Industries to get these going.
May 5, 2016
over 2 years ago
Fast growing with disease and breakage
I purchased these trees to get quick shade in the yard of my new house while slower growing trees got established. They weren't any problem to establish and they have grown quickly. However, they always have disease (little brown spots on the leaves) and the branches break easily in the wind. I just lost the top to a 2 year old, 12' tall tree. They also don't have a very nice shape. I am thinking of pulling these up before they get any bigger.
August 7, 2016
Fast growing
Extremely fast growing. After planting, this tree will be 20 feet tall in a few short years.
Provides shade for my yard but I shouldn't have planted it so close to the fence. The roots can damage the fence.
May 8, 2016
over 3 years ago
Good Tree but Deer Like Them
The trees came quickly and in excellent condition. Very happy with the purchase overall, but the deer did chew one of the trees right down to the twig. The other one seems to be doing okay so far.
May 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
Fantastic trees
We have had great results with these trees. I love them. They make excellent shade trees within 3 years.
May 10, 2016
over 2 years ago
Fast and Beautiful
I bought and planted two of these poplars in the spring and they have grown more than I could have hoped. After planting them in the spring, one is about 9 ft tall and the other is around 8 ft. They leafed out almost immediately and have been beautiful all summer. I hope they make it through the winter well and I look forward to many years of beautiful shade in my back yard.
October 27, 2017
Hybrids in Montana
I purchased 5 Hybrid Poplars last spring. After a bad bad winter 3 are still doing very well.
May 11, 2016
over 2 years ago
Better then previous versions of this tree
Fast grower. You can speed it up my better ground prep .
May 8, 2016
over 3 years ago
Trouble with growth
The tree most recently sent has not made any gains as far as growth. I am not sure if it is still alive. I have treated it the same as the others I bought from you with no signs of growth. This tree is to replace one of the trees I bought from you guys last year. I can send pic's if needed. What should I do?
May 18, 2016
1 year ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear about your tree. You are welcome to send pictures to our email address at and I will be happy to take a look for you.
August 15, 2016
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