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PlantFiles: Chinese Poplar, Simon Poplar
Populus simonii 'Fastigiata'

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Populus (POP-yoo-lus) (Info)
Species: simonii
Cultivar: Fastigiata

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Oakslesly1 On Oct 21, 2012, Oakslesly1 from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

I am considering this poplar for Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, southern California. Has anyone in a hot area like Thousand Oaks/Agoura/Calabasa grown this tree? I would love to hear from someone who has so I will know if it can thrive in our dry summer heat.

Neutral Nkytree On Aug 28, 2012, Nkytree from Burlington, KY wrote:

We have planted several of these at the Boone County Arboretum in Northern Kentucky. Out of about 10 trees, one has developed some sort of canker problem, but the other trees remain healthy. This form would probably do best in a uniformly moist site as drought seems to have possibly been the trigger for our one tree that has canker problems.

Negative lkz5ia On Aug 6, 2008, lkz5ia from Denison, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:

One of the easiest poplars I've started from cuttings, on par with willow. Currently though I give it a negative, because my original died from canker problems. I've read where it is canker-resistant, but have also read where it is canker-susceptible like the lombardy poplar. I need to test it more to see how it turns out in this area.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denison, Iowa
Union, Kentucky

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