Common Name- Lombardy poplar Latin Name- Populus nigra Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9a Mature Height- 50-60 feet Mature Width- 10-15 feet Bloom Season- Early spring
Lombardy Poplar Tree Size 1-3 Feet When Shipped
The Lombardy poplar tree (Populus nigra italica) is a clone of the Black poplar (Populus nigra). The Lombardy poplar tree is a large, fast-growing, deciduous tree, growing about 6 feet in height per year. This tree grows the best in moist, but well-drained, loam, clay, or sandy soil with a pH level between 4.5 and 8.5. Being a member of the Willow family, The Lombardy poplars are easy to propagate through cuttings or live stakes. Lombardy poplars are known for their columnar form and their unusual branches, which start close to the ground and grow upwards parallel to the trunk. Initially, the bark is smooth and gray/green are young trees and then it becomes darker, either gray to almost black, and irregularly furrowed as it matures. It has a symmetrical canopy with a smooth outline. The Lombardy poplar leaves are small, about 2 to 4 inches long. The Lombardy poplar’s leaves are also slightly rounded, and they can be triangular or more diamond-shaped. The leaves are a shiny dark green above and paler underneath. The Lombardy poplar tree offers a golden yellow-colored foliage in the fall season and is early to leaf. The male flowers are slim, reddish/yellow-green, 2 to 3 inches long, and appear in the early spring before the leaves. Like the leaves, the buds and twigs are smooth and hairless. These trees can be used in landscaping to create privacy screens, “living walls”, and windbreaks by planting them in rows that are 5 to 8 feet apart. The Mediterranean look can add to property values without taking up a lot of yard space.