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Hybrid Poplar - Rods

Strong, robust hybrid poplar rods taken from mother stock grown in our nursery in Devon. These rods will provide a strong starting tree and will grow up to 2m a year to produce large handsome trees with a stout trunk. They make excellent high screens and windbreaks. They are also used to lift game birds, and for timber.



Pre-order your poplar now for delivery in late November / early December.


Availability: In stock

From: £3.24

Hybrid Poplar - Rods is available for purchase in increments of 10

 

Tree Size 1 - 49 50 - more Qty
250cm £3.00 £2.70
300cm £3.50 £3.15
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Description 
Our hybrid poplars have been produced by natural plant breeding techniques. The result has led to the propagation of our own selection of very vigorous clones that will grow approximately two meters per year (6-8 ft) and will continue to grow to produce large handsome trees with a stout trunk. They make excellent high screens and windbreaks. They are also used to lift game birds, and for timber.


As an alternative to the shorter cuttings, we are now offering some longer rods. These have no roots but are really strong lengths of poplar taken from a motherstock plant. They can still be planted in a similar way to the cuttings - aiming for a good 45-60cm into the ground - and will develop their own roots over the course of the first year. The more length you can get into the ground, the stronger root system will be developed giving the plant a better start. These long rods are a fantastic alternative to the mature poplar trees giving a good strong start with a more mature plant.


As an alternative to the cuttings and rods, we also sell bare root whips - these are effectively a year ahead of the young cuttings as they already have a basic root in place and will potentially give you a slightly faster result. To help you choose - see information on the Rooted or Unrooted tab above. For more of an instant impact, we also offer mature rooted poplar from 240cm up to 450cm in height for more of an instant impact.


When you place an order for Hybrid Poplar, one of our hybrid varieties will be selected based upon suitability for the time of purchase (i.e. point in the season), and location of planting. If you have a particular preference or are trying to match something you have been previously supplied with, please let us know at the time of your order. For further information on the varieties of hybrid poplar available, please see our Willow and Poplar Varieties page or call us on 01404 812229 to discuss suitablility for your site and situation.


Planting Position
Suitable for any well drained soil. Any aspect. Sheltered or exposed sites. Sun or part shade. Like willow, the poplar will cope in fairly wet conditions.

Size
Growth rate: Fast
Final Height: 20-25m
Final Spread: 8-10m

Foliage & Flowers
This deciduous tree has large glossy green heart-shaped leaves, turning yellow in Autumn.

Plant Interest
Hybrid poplar makes excellent high windbreaks.


Landscape Use
Low maintenance screens and windbreak. They can be coppiced like willows and will regenerate when cut. They can also be pollarded.


Uses
Poplar is the fastest growing hardwood in the UK and is in demand for furniture, interior joinery, floorboard and pallet making. 

Planting may be carried out at any time between early-November and mid-May.

Planting Willow and Poplar Setts / Cuttings

The cuttings are quick and easy to plant. They are provided with a slanted cut at the base and a straight cut at the top to make insertion into the ground easier and distinguish top from bottom. They can simply be pushed into loose cultivated soil and firmed in. They will need no support. In firmer soils simply make a vertical slit with a spade and push the cutting to the bottom of the slit and firm well by treading. Alternatively a narrow hole may be made with a bar or spike and the cutting pushed to the bottom and firmed well. For larger-scale planting schemes, a mole-plough or subsoil blade may be pulled through the ground in rows and the cuttings simply pushed into the loosened soil slit and firmed in by foot.

In order to get strong root development, you must ensure there is sufficient length below the soil level. The smallest cuttings (30cm / 1ft) must be planted so that only 5cm (2") is showing above ground. This makes them vulnerable to being smothered by weeds and grass before they get away, and so they are only suited to situations where they will receive a high standard of care in the early days. The two foot long cuttings (60 cm) are planted so that half is in the soil. Being larger they contain greater reserves of energy and grow away faster. In most situations the 60cm (2ft) cuttings are the best option and will produce a tree, if looked after, of 180-240cm (6 - 8ft) high in the first growing season.

All the cuttings are vulnerable to surrounding competition and often the reason for failure is down to the freshly planted cuttings having to compete with existing vegetation in the early stages, whilst they are trying to grow new roots. It is always best to clear the area of any existing vegetation where possible and keep control of this during the first 18 months in order to give the plants the best chance of success.

 

Planting Bare Root Whips and Hedging

Bare root plants can planted by notch or pit planting methods. For more information, please download this helpsheet.

Planting bare root whips and hedging help sheet

 

The decision on whether to plant rooted trees and/or which size of cuttings will depend on:

      - How easy a job you want planting to be

      - How well you will look after your trees 

      - Your soil type and site

      - How quickly you need results

 

All sizes of cutting root equally well.

The smallest one foot long (30 cm) cuttings must be planted so that only 2 inches (5 cm) is showing above ground. This makes them vulnerable to being smothered by weeds and grass before they get away, and so they are only suited to situations where they will receive a high standard of care in the early days. The two foot long cuttings (60 cm) are planted so that half is in the soil. This means that the new growth starts above weed and grass height. Being larger they also contain greater reserves of energy and grow away faster. 

In most situations the 2 foot long (60 cm) cuttings are the best option and will produce a tree, if looked after, of 6 - 8ft high in the first growing season.

On dry sites such as sands and gravels, or on banks, we would suggest that you plant a longer cutting and insert a larger proportion into the soil. Both the hybrid willows and poplars have the ability to make roots from any part of the stem and so, if planted deeply, will produce deep roots, which will always find moisture. 

The rooted trees and longer cuttings will cope better with difficult conditions and weed or grass competition to give instantly visible results.

Further information on rooted or unrooted plants can be found here.

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Delivery

Our bare root plants and cuttings are delivered between November and May (specific dates cannot be guaranteed) but we do encourage early planting for the best results.

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Most orders are dispatched within 3-5 working days where stocks are available. If they are not available at the time of order you will be notified and an alternative delivery date discussed with you. 

Our e-Gift Vouchers will be sent out within 24 hours of order.

We ship to mainland UK and the Isle of Wight (although surcharges may be incurred in some more remote areas – see below). Our orders are generally sent out using a national courier but for local deliveries, we may use our own couriers. Orders can also be collected from the nursery by prior appointment and we are more than happy for you to do this if you prefer. 

Our standard delivery charge is £15 plus VAT. This is for a next day delivery service in areas where this is available (i.e. mainland UK). For some of our products, such as seeds and planting accessories, the delivery charge is £4.95 + VAT. Our e-Gift Vouchers do not incur a delivery charge (please select 'Free Shipping' at the Checkout). For further information about Delivery, please click here.

There's usually no need to wait in for a delivery, our couriers will leave it in a safe place for you. If there is somewhere in particular you would like it left, please let us know at the time of ordering.

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It is important to look after your trees as they mature so now click on After-Planting Care for some useful guide-lines.