White Poplar, Large Trees

Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Wet
Type Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour

Populus alba (Standard)

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  Buy 3 or more bareroot trees and save

SIZES 1-2 3-910+
200/250 cm Bareroot Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £54.96Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£49.98Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£46.98
90/120 cm Bareroot Out of Stock - No longer sold £4.62Out of Stock - No longer sold£3.42Out of Stock - No longer sold£2.76
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £89.94Out of Stock £74.94Out of Stock £69.96
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £124.98Sold out for the season£104.40Sold out for the season£94.44
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



Poplar, White - Standard needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

    From £4.02

  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

    From £5.76

  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


    From £6.00

  • Tree Planting pack - mulch mat, pegs, stake and tie

    Tree Planting Pack

    From £10.19

Populus alba: Bareroot White / Silver Poplar Trees in Standard Sizes

The White Poplar tree, is the only poplar we grow that will do well on chalky soil. Its great feature is its two-tone leaves, which are glossy green on top and felted with fuzzy white 'hairs' on the underside. When the wind is rippling through them, they remind one of a shoal of fish, catching the sun and going dark as they turn one way and the next.
The mostly white bark is easy to identify, with its darker diamond shaped markings, although the old trees lose the white layer and become deeply ridged, providing shelter for various insects. Older trees sucker freely, making even more homes for small animals.
Male trees have red catkins, and females have pale green catkins.

This is not a tree for a small garden: it is medium-sized, but its roots are real bullies and will make life hard for plants near them. It is a fantastic shelter belt tree.
They reach a height of about 20 metres in the UK; in warmer countries, some trees are closer to 40 metres.

Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy younger White Poplar saplings.
Browse our large garden trees, or all of our trees.

Delivery season: Poplar trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: To 25m
  • Soil: Ideally moist, but any will do. Needs plenty of sun
  • Not suitable for small gardens
  • Good for coastal shelter belts
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing White Poplar

Hardy, wind resistant, and suitable for the coast, the only thing it needs is plenty of sun. It loves a moist to wet soil beside water, but it will grow almost anywhere.

If you prune your trees, they will respond by suckering

Please note: The roots attack old drains and foundations (new build concrete is in no danger), so we advise a safe planting distance of 20 metres from vulnerable structures.

Did You Know?

Naturalised across Britain for centuries, though its true native range is from warmer parts of Europe to Central Asia. They were created by Hades from the remains of the nymph Leuce.

Other common names: Abbey, abele, Dutch beech, white asp / aspen.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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