While the poplars are softwood (as opposed to hardwood), their uses and benefits are many:

Add Property value

Commercial developments

Excellent for fiber

Firewood in 5 years

Industrial Sites


Golf courses

Living borders in 4 years

Logs in 8 - 10 years

Lower electric bills

Make plenty of mulch

Ornamental purposes

Privacy screen in 3 years

Pulpwood in 10 years

Residential developments

Shade in 4 years

Sprout from the stump

Stop soil erosion

Streets and highways

Timber in 8 years

Trailer parks

Visual screens in 2 years


Wildlife habitat


Wood pulp


Fuel Ethanol


Pelletized wood

Windscreens in 3 years

Conservation Reserve

A Place to relax

I applaud those people who find so many uses for this wonderful tree, but that is as far as I go. The hybrid poplar grows fast, gives shade fast, but I would not have it as a permanent tree for a nice looking residence. There are so many more beautiful trees that you can plant.

What I am trying to say is, if you need quick shade plant hybrid poplars, but at the same time plant some maples, Oaks, Ashes, or any other kind of trees you may like. In 4 or 5  years from now, the poplars will be 40 feet tall and your other trees may be 15 feet or so, large enough to give you some shade.

This is when you get your trusty chain saw and without mercy cut the poplars (or only some of them) down to the ground. Your other trees immediately will seem to be much taller and more beautiful. Not only that, with the increase in sunshine your trees will grow faster. Keep the shoots in check on the poplar stump, it will eventually die and disintegrate.

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