2 bud cuttings


Many years ago I started working with hybrid poplar trees.  I learned that the 1-year-old branches are the best for taking cuttings because they have 1 bud every 1.5 inches. Branches older than that will also have buds, but they are not spaced at 1.5 inches, some times you see 5 buds in one inch.. I have experimented growing 9 inch cuttings, 10 ft. cuttings, 17 ft. cuttings, they all grew, the main requirement is to take cuttings when the trees are dormant (no leaves). Here in Pennsylvania they are dormant from the second week of November until the middle of April. If you take cuttings with at least 2 buds, and they are dormant,  they will grow.

Cuttings will remain viable in the freezer until the last day of October .

Why OP-367? I started with almost 50 different clones and learned about many of them, their traits, size, parentage, dates, etc, grew them not knowing what each of them would do. As time went by I realized that the female trees would make unwanted seeds. Those were the first ones I dropped from my list. I also dropped the small ones, and the ones that grew slowly or would not grow in Texas or Florida. I ended up with the OP-367. That was my choice for the best clone, and I began growing only that clone. It has been planted from Alaska to the Texas panhandle and everywhere in between where it performs well in all locations. There is another tree, the DN-34. It looks just like the OP-367 but you can not tell them apart unless they are 4 or 5 years old. The DN-34 is only 25 ft. wide as opposed to the OP-367 which is 40 ft. wide.

I also needed a narrow hybrid poplar tree. I picked the Gazi which has a footprint of 6 ft. Numerous gazi poplars can be planted in a smaller area and produce the same amount of wood than other poplars with a more expansive branch pattern. I have plenty of gazis growing, you can come (dormant time) and pick up as many gazi cuttings as you wish, no charge. plenty of trees growing. 

How early can you start them? That is another experiment which I performed several years ago:  In November, I tilled a small plot and covered it with a 3’x 6′ of black plastic. I tucked the plastic edges into the ground . Then I dipped the lower end of the cuttings  in Hormodin (rooting hormone) and pushed the op-367 cuttings thru the plastic sheet. These were cuttings that I had freshly taken from the trees. I planted them about 4″ apart and filled the area with 400 little cuttings.

I checked on the cuttings  regularly often, and in January I started seeing cuttings laying on top of the plastic. I figured that it was squirrels or other rodents since I did not have a fence installed,  This continued until I figured out what was happening. The constant freezing and thawing of the water moisture was forcing them them up and out.  then I continued to push them down.

This was an experiment like I said, and I was not expecting many of them to survive.At the end of March I saw growth in some of the cuttings. That was a good sign. A month later I had 400 cuttings all leafing fast. Another month, and I had to start digging them out because they were crowding each other. End of story, it worked, every cutting grew. This proved that cuttings will survive Pennsylvania winters. By the way I am in zone 6A and temps may get as low as 2 degrees .during the winter.

If you are growing your cuttings in the basement, You need to install a small fan set at low speed to keep the air moving through the tree cuttings to prevent the “Damping off” disease.

Besides poplars I also have the European Privet and the California privet. Those are the only 5 trees that I will be selling from now on. I still have all the others, but I will not have the cuttings unless you ask for them. Ask between December and before the end of March.

Warning! Cuttings are not returnable. Once out of the freezer, they must be planted...soon.

OP-367 Poplar

My favorite tree, grows from Alaska to Texas. My OP-367 trees in Pennsylvania grew over 14 ft. during 2004, over 17 ft. in 2005, 16 ft. during 2006 and 17 ft. during 2007. Why are then so short? I cut them down to the ground every year. Reaches 100 ft. at maturity and 40 ft. wide. Keep in mind, the young leaves from this tree will turn reddish. There is nothing wrong with them, eventually they will turn green. I Use Hormodin 1 with these cuttings.

sorry. Completely out of Dn-34 cuttings

PA84 5 OP-367 cuttings
PA201 16 OP-367 cuttings
PA268 50 OP-367 cuttings $27.00
PA249 100 OP-367 cuttings
Sorry sold out
5 DN-34 cuttings $4.99
16 DN-34 cuttings
100 DN-34 cuttings


Advise about hybrid poplar cuttings

Deer just love poplars and if you are planting short cuttings be prepared to lose some or protect them because the deer can cause great damage on little cuttings growing. They don’t just bite, they pull them out of the ground.

Poplar cuttings can be protected by installing a chicken wire fence around your trees, you can plant cuttings 4 to 6 inches apart. Make the fence about 4 to 5 ft. tall. cover the top and don’t worry if the branches show thru the fence, deer will eat that but no more. At the end of the year you can remove the fence and move all your plants to it’s destination. Yes, deer will continue eating, but your trees will be big enough to withstand the damage. and hopefully the damage will not be that great.

Another way to avoid deer damage is to plant long cuttings (10 ft. or taller) This is for local clients only because it is too expensive to ship them. By the way, deer will reach as high as 61 inches from the ground. I know that because that is the way they have shaped by Thuja trees (evergreens).

Yes, there is still another way to prevent your loses. If you have a large farm (10 acres or more) which you want to propagate with poplars, you could order the “Plant a Hybrid Poplar Farm” e-book, just Send me E-mail. I will reply with the information needed to get started. It is the most inexpensive way to get as many trees as you need to complete your farm, planting 500 trees every year or more. I have a 9 page ebook that took me a couple of years to complete and which contains all the information you need to get this project working using less than 2000 square feet.

This is what the Gazi trees look like, I have taken a few photos over the years,
The trees below are 3 years old.


Ginkgo Biloba

This is the replacement for the Lombardy Poplar, (By the way you can come and take all the cuttings you want… free. Offer is good from the middle of November until the first week in April every year) this tree is not supposed to have all the problems the Lombardy had, in fact the cutting I received came from a 40 year old tree. Be advised, when you plant gazis, expect to get about 65-70 mature trees out of 100 cuttings.. The mortality happens when the trees are very young, less than a foot tall. Once they have passed that height they will make it. 

PA81 5 Populus Gazi $4.99
PA218 16 Populus Gazi $11.25
PA230 100 Populus Gazi $30.00


Ligustrum Vulgare
European Privet

These cuttings will start showing signs of life within a week. Since sprouting is erratic I plant 3 cuttings in each bag. This privet grows to 15 ft. Books claim all privets produce flowers but I have not seen any in this particular privet. Will grow about 3 ft. on the first year, can grow 7 ft. a year when adults. The more you trim it, the bushier it gets. My best seller, over 7,000 cuttings last year. Use Hormodin 3

PA71 5 Common Privet cuttings $4.99
PA203 16 Common Privet cuttings
PA232 100 Common Privet cuttings $49.00

California Privet

Ligustrum Ovalifolium

It grows to 15 ft. By late summer it will have white flowers and then little seeds the size of peas. The leaves fall off by January. A topiary favorite.

PA78 5 California Privet cuttings
PA208 16 California Privet cuttings
PA233 100 California Privet cuttings