Lombardy Poplar

Item #0635, Bare-root. Ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk.
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Also called Italian poplar

Attractive and fast-growing! Plant these lovely, column-shaped trees 10' apart for summer shade or 5' apart in a line to create a windbreak – opposing winter wind even when the leaves have dropped. A natural, eco-friendly way to save on cooling and heating costs and control soil erosion. Inconspicuous red flowers in spring. Does not set fruit. Gorgeous golden foliage puts on a show in fall. Grows 1-5' per year once established. Matures to be 50-60' tall. Cold-hardy. Populus nigra 'Italica'

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Bloom Color 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 50 - 60' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' 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.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Jason Y on Feb 20, 2021
The Lombardy Poplar is the wind break that I want, and the price was right.
LLOYD T. on Mar 2, 2020
Jason Y on Feb 20, 2021
I have Always been impressed with the appearance of the lombardy poplar and the city of Erie was full of lombardys many of years ago. Now you'll be lucky to find one. Since I have moved to the county. I've been planting many of the lombardys, more for nostalgic and appearance.
Brian S on Mar 15, 2020
The Lombardy Poplar is the wind break that I want, and the price was right.
LLOYD T. on Mar 2, 2020
Planting them as part of a windbreak along the border of my property.
DONALD P on Feb 26, 2020
I need some column type trees for along a drive way at a large property in New Mexico Zone 8 and these will provide the look I want to achieve
Gregory A on Jan 28, 2020
Needed a fast-growing barrier to create some privacy between our house and the
DONNA P on Apr 13, 2019
I need a shield from golf balls hitting our house
RON K on Apr 3, 2019
Fast growth and need to block my view of my neighbors place, quickly.
WorkinDad on Mar 8, 2019
Building a wind break
Karen M on Mar 7, 2019
Create a privacy wall
anne d on May 13, 2018
Cost, good reviews, quick shipping
Stacy M on May 2, 2018
I bought ten of these to plant along the road beside my house. I chose them because of the fast growth rate. These trees have grown about three feet in six months. I have been watering them twice a week.
Steven F on Nov 2, 2017
For shade and privacy in our backyard
tawny z on Mar 19, 2017
Spying neighbors.
JEFF D on Jan 31, 2017
Fast screen to obscure a neighbor's view along my east lot line.
shirley t on Aug 23, 2016
love the tree
Lindsay B on Jun 17, 2016
on sale and using as a screen for wildlife sanctuary. Fast growing
Thomas B on May 23, 2016
Need tall, fast growing screening trees to provide protection to the back of my small property from light and noise pollution caused by unnecessary urban development. Understand and acknowledge the drawbacks, but am a diligent gardener, and the trees will pose no threat to sidewalks or pipes. Love the fall color and the shape from seeing them in the Hondo Valley of new Mexico when I was growing up.
Teresa B on Apr 25, 2016
Fast growing, doesnt take up a lot of space around it, lets in some sunlight. I bought and planted one years ago, it has grown tall. It is a good match for our densly built urban neighborhood.
Noel S on Feb 26, 2016
I have Always been impressed with the appearance of the lombardy poplar and the city of Erie was full of lombardys many of years ago. Now you'll be lucky to find one. Since I have moved to the county. I've been planting many of the lombardys, more for nostalgic and appearance.
Brian S on Mar 15, 2020
Planting them as part of a windbreak along the border of my property.
DONALD P on Feb 26, 2020
Could I plant Lombardy Poplars as close as 8 ft to my house foundation or will the roots become a problem? I noticed there was a warning about planting hybrid poplars near a structure, but not the Lombardy.
John L on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In general roots grow as wide as the width of portion of the tree above the ground. That begin said, I have had no problem planting the Lombardy near my home. Good luck!
How many yrs do they live? I've heard they grow fast, but also die after not too long.
Natalie L on Mar 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Lombardy Poplars can live well beyond 20 years, especially if you institute a spray program around its 15th year to prevent bacterial canker. That is usually what shortens this tree's lifespan and it's gotten a bad rap because of it.
When should I plant these lombardy poplars in region 5b?
Pat G on Apr 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: When the temp at night stays above freezing
will they grow in a clay soil?
dissapointed on Apr 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Our soil is what we call gumbo, a dense black soil very similar to clay. So far the trees we planted have done quite well. They seem quite tolerant.
Is this evergreen?
Tom D on Jun 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, this is a member of the willow family and drops its bright yellow leaves each fall.
If I was to order approx 50-75 of these trees would there be any bulk discount pricing?
My property line is approx 300ft long and I???m looking for a good privacy break between neighbors, hence the quantity needed
Kersten C on Jan 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Please give customer support a call to discuss.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I would love to buy more Lombardy poplars from you but I can't except delivery until the first week of May. Is that to late for delivery?
TOM L on Dec 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. If you'd like to specify a specific delivery time please reach out to customer support at 800.325.4180.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
can this tree be used as a shade tree? I thought there was a variety that does.
Paolo on Apr 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Lombardy Poplar is a columnar tree and really isn't suitable to serve as a shade tree. You're probably thinking of the Hybrid Poplar, which is more of a rounded-canopy tree shape. Here is a link to that page: //www.starkbros.com/products/landscape-trees/shade-trees/hybrid-poplar-shade-form
To control height, can the tops of these trees be cut-off (pollarded)?
JOHN D on Oct 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Topping trees is never advised because it encourages sprouting of multiple branches at the top, which destabilize the tree. A tree is not a hedge and "shearing" it could potentially kill the tree or open it up to disease.
I have planted bare root Lombardies on a drip system in an arid climate. How many gallons a day should I give each tree?
John W on Jun 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Generally, we recommend a gallon of water per week as needed (no precipitation in the forecast) in an average environment. Since you're in an arid climate, I'd imagine you'd need to double this, especially as the trees are new and becoming established, but it depends on your soil type. This is a great question for your local experts, so I highly recommend you ask them, too. I know some folks growing these trees who water theirs with drip irrigation 3 times per week for 15 minutes, but I don't know the specs of the system, so it may not be helpful.
Can I plate this tree now lombardy poplar?
Gloria C on Mar 8, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Very Disappointing
I'm not sure if I received old nursery stock, or if they were not watered properly before they were mailed, or what happened??? I experienced a staggering 60% mortality (out of 20 trees) in less than 2 years! A couple died within the first couple of months of planting, despite my watering them for several weeks after they were in the ground. Another 3(?) died over the winter (now mind you, we did see -17 degrees.) Several others died the 2nd winter. I'm looking to replace these, but will probably purchase them from another company. To sum up my experience with these particular trees: very disappointing. Mark B. (Pennsylvania).
May 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Lombardy Poplar
This is their third year. They are doing great. Better than expected. Looks great and growing nicely
May 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Planted 25 last spring. All are alive this spring and look good!
May 15, 2017
over 4 years ago
Good stuff
Bought 5 of these to close in an area in front of the house. They have been great so far and are getting bigger each year. They look awesome.
June 24, 2017
over 4 years ago
bought three, one lived. that's not the ratio I'm looking for, really.
May 20, 2017
over 4 years ago
I was looking for fast growing trees. I have to say this tree is it. It grew 8’ in the first summer. I planted them on the corners of the house to add landscaping and these have exceeded my expectation. I have them planted in full sun and I have crap dirt in my yard but they have done great.
June 18, 2019
over 3 years ago
Thriving Shade Trees
Get these bare root trees into the ground, give them sunshine and water, and they will grow, grow, grow. Mine should be close to 7 feet tall by this Fall. I wish Stark Bros. offered Cottonless Cottonwoods in a bare root tree. They really do well in my zone 3 with alkaline soil as well.
June 8, 2017
Disappointed NO WARRANTY
7 Lombardy tree starts failed in my latest shipment. We followed all planting directions. We have received these trees from this supplier in the past and the starts were successful. I attempted to redeem the warranty for the tree starts that failed and contacted stark bros several times by email and telephone. No one responded and no one acknowledged my warranty request.
November 30, 2020
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for reaching out to us. I have located your account and it appears by email Ticket ID:15801886 in April you were given credit for 4 reported dead trees as they were not available to replace. This credit remains on your account at this time. Your account was also noted you had called but due to covid our phone lines were down. I am so sorry for any inconvenience you have experienced and would be happy to add the additional credit for the 3 trees to your account to make a total of 7. Since in your email you stated you do not have time to call us unless you do so on your lunch I have taken care of this for you. Have a wonderful day.
December 1, 2020
Lombardy Poplar
The trees have proven very hardy and have thrived without any extra fuss. The are being used to provide a screen along a property line.
June 25, 2017
over 4 years ago
Love the Lombardy Poplars
Got these last spring and have them in large pots since we are moving this year. Will plant them out this fall after the hot summer weather. They are leafed out and in excellent shape ready for the move to their permanent home.
May 12, 2018
over 3 years ago