Willow and Poplar
Willow and Poplar
Willows and poplars represent two genus that are incredible in their ability to grow under terrible conditions. Often thriving right out of the mud with no top soil, these plants are the best at producing biomass. They also provide excellent habitat and food for a plethora of birds and mammals.
Willow and poplar cuttings are best planted dormant. They are sent in either November or April. They are extremely easy to root and no special treatment is required. Just stick them in the ground. Good weed control will result in well established plants after one season.
Cuttings are 12" long.
Weeping Willow: Large tree, beautiful form, rapid growth.
Corkscrew Willow: Contorted form, medium sized tree, also known as 'curly' willow.
Useful Willow: Our own name for a shrubby willow that we have been using for everything from erosion control to living structures to biomass production. This willow was found growing wild by us. We have been unable to identify it. It grows 12-15' at maturity, and produces copious amounts of strong, flexible, uniformly sized, green stems.
Eastern Cottonwood (populus deltoides): The big poplar, this tree can really grow, up to 100'. Cottonwoods can drink copious amounts of water, drying up a wet spot. They provide excellent food for many birds and mammals. Growth can exceed 8 ft a year, while girth of the trunk staggers the imagination after just a few years.
Hybrid Poplar- A cross between European poplar and cottonwood. Hybrid poplars are capable of extremely vigorous growth, up to 10ft a year in good soils. Hybrid poplars are widely planted and used around the temperate world for building materials, biomass, and fuel. An acre of hybrid poplar will yield more btu's than an acre of oak per year.