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Cultural Details for Populus x tomentosa

Common Name:
Silver Chinese Poplar

Growth Rate:
Fast, 3-4' per year.Crown conical to ovoid-globose, globose, or fastigiate

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Slender drooping catkin, up to 4" long: mid to late April before leaves emerge.

Fruit Details:
0.12" yellow-green capsules drooping catkin-like clusters releasing white cottony seeds in late May-mid June.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Bark at first dull gray, becoming grayish green to grayish white, later dark gray on basal part of trunk, furrowed, rough.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious.

Native Habitat:
Chinese plains; near sea level to 1500 m. Anhui, Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Jiangsu, S Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang

Other Features:
Important sources of pulpwood and wood products.

Culture and Care:
Easily transplanted. Prefers moist soil but will tolerate dry soil.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.