Have a fenceline or border that could use a fast-growing screening tree? Plant Lombardy poplar trees. These trees grow very fast, hold a tight narrow shape making this tree perfect for fencelines or other uses that requires a narrow tree shape. Lombardy poplars will grow in a wide variety of climates and conditions, but poplars do like plenty of water.
Lombardy Poplar trees grow fast, six feet or more in a year, and they could use a boost of fertilizer now and then. Some people have had their trees grow 9 to 12 feet a year! Plant the trees in an area where they will get full sun, plenty of water, but away from any domestic water sources, like the sewer lines or septic leech lines (also true for all trees). The Lombardy poplar tree roots will locate and grow to those "open" water sources, such as septic leech lines, clay pipes, or leaky pipes. Otherwise, PVC, metal, or non-leaking pipes will be uneffected by the roots. One trick that sometimes works is to keep the trees well watered, and the roots tend not to spread! If in doubt, either plant them further away from possible sensitive areas, or plant something else.
Poplars prefer full sun, but partial shading is tolerable. Plant Lombardy trees in rows along a driveway or fenceline for a striking visual effect. These trees are commonly planted as windscreens or shelterbelt trees, and often as close as 4 feet apart, up to 6 or 7 feet apart. They will grow up to 100 feet tall, and these can live eighty years or longer.
Our Lombardy Poplars are sterile hybrids of the original Lombardy Poplar strain. Technically, these are called, 'Theves Poplars', which is (Populus nigra var. 'thevestina'). These are hardier, more insect and disease resistant, and longer lived than the old standard Lombardy (Populus nigra 'italica'). There is also the 'Afghan' hybrid, (Populus nigra var.'Afghanica'). Either type, they are all about the same, so you should be fine with the ol' standard, or a hybrid.
Yes, the Lombardy Poplar is a good tree to plant. Consider booking your order early. Last season, they sold out in early summer, even though our production had increased. We can set up an order for you at any time, but depending on your needs and/or seasonal-timing, we can schedule the shipment for a later date.
Note: Item offerings change... The nursery typifies change, and we grow a lot of different plants, some we grow always, others are short crops or test items. So on the order pages, we have it or it may have been dropped (at least for a short time, pending production). You can always ask us...
Lombardy - Talls (Item Code: FGT-LP-03) are also available.
The "Talls" are older, larger caliper stems, better root development, bigger trees, and very popular! These ship from January through spring, but we do take early orders, and Book orders up to a year in advance.
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