White poplar is a conspicuous tree with its very white woolly underside to its leaves which show when moved in a light breeze. It is also called ‘Abele’ which simply means white.
Like most poplars it is very fast growing and used as a boundary tree. It is also very salt tolerant and hence often planted in seaside locations. This large tree is well naturalised in the UK. It is not considered to be native although was introduced at an early unknown date. It will grow to 18m (55ft)
Where to grow
Poplars will grow easily almost anywhere, they have the advantage of growing very big, very fast. Like willows, poplars have very vigorous and invasive root systems. They will tolerate waterlogged and heavy ground but will also grow well in good deep loams. They are not so good in very dry positions they will however manage salt air which makes them a useful seaside tree.
Did you know?
The leaves are generally five lobed like a maple which can sometimes confuse identification and it is sometimes referred to as ‘White Maple’, even though it is not an Acer.