White Poplar Trees
White Poplar Trees & Hedge Plants
Populus alba, White Poplar, is a vigorous tree that will grow in sunny sites on any soil. It has aggressive roots, which makes it unsuitable for most gardens.
Populus alba is not suitable for a clipped hedge.
It can be grown as a screening tree up to about 20 metres high.
The plants on this page are young saplings. You can also buy larger Populus alba trees here.
Browse all of our other varieties of Poplar trees for sale or see our full range of hedging options.
Populus alba plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All of our young trees and shrubs are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
General description of White Poplar plants:
White Poplar is a vigorous tree with distinctive leaves and bark. The summer leaves are glossy green on top and covered in white hairs on the underside. In autumn, the top turns bright yellow - in either season, it looks great when the wind is blowing through it. The middle age bark is an off-white colour, marked with regular diamond puncture that expose the darker interior. Old trees shed the outer layer of white bark and become deeply fissured.
Poplars are classic shelter belt trees because they grow so fast and tend to produce suckering stems from their roots, especially if they are pruned at all or grazed by animals.
These trees are not suitable for small gardens. All poplars have thickly matted, invasive roots that will do a good job of fighting off nearby plants and which will attack drainpipes and the foundations of old houses. 45 metres is a safe distance to plant poplar if you are worried about this.
History & uses of White Poplar:
Populus alba isn't strictly a native British tree, but it has been naturalised here for centuries.