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Swedish Aspen vs Walker Poplar

Populus tremula Erecta

Populus x Walker

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Swedish Aspen
Walker Poplar

Swedish Aspen is an extremely fast growing columnar aspen tree. It's ideally suited for urban settings where space is limited such as privacy screens or along the edges of driveways. Swedish aspen produces no fluff and is less prone to suckering than tower poplar. Swedish aspen thrives in a variety of growing conditions with little maintenance or pruning.

We grow this species over a two year production method from root cuttings via the Smoky Lake Styro-Stack method (SSS method) first pioneered at Smoky Lake Forest Nursery in 2002. This method has quickly become the gold standard in the reforestation nursery industry for growing clonal aspen.

We are well known for pioneering its use worldwide and currently produce some of the highest volumes of Swedish Aspen in Canada.

Walker Poplar is a hardy prairie tree. A common shade tree, this fast-growing hybrid poplar works well in urban yards or shelterbelts.

In the past, Walker was one of the most popular species used in shelterbelts due to the wide spread that reduced the total number and cost of trees to plant. Despite the fuzz produced by this tree in the Spring it continues to be a popular and cost effective tree for field shelterbelts.

Another benefit of this species is the low branching. It can serve as a first row species that traps snow drifts. This makes it uniquely useful as a shelterbelt tree over other varieties.

Walker is one of the fastest growing hybrid poplar varieties we grow.

SWEDISH ASPEN QUICK FACTS

WALKER POPLAR QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 15 m (49 ft)
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
Light: full sun
Light: any
Hybrid: yes
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: soft reddish rust
Growth rate: very fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: medium
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium


In row spacing: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: eurasian aspen, european aspen, swedish columnar aspen


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes