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Swedish Columnar Aspen
Populus tremula 'Erecta'

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Populus (POP-yoo-lus) (Info)
Species: tremula (TREM-yoo-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: Erecta




over 40 ft. (12 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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


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Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring


Grown for foliage


Other details:

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

Frazier Park, California

Burlington, Kentucky

Park City, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:


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

I live in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, soCal. Love the shimmer of the poplars in our area so did some research. Lombardy poplars are out, and populus tremula erecta were recommended. From reading about them, they seem to thrive in cooler climes than here. My question is, has anyone in my area--or in warmer areas of San Fernando Valley, Calabasas, etc. planted these trees? Has anyone been successful with them? I would greatly appreciate feedback.


On Jul 16, 2008, mmaga from Frazier Park, CA wrote:

This delightful aspen looks wonderful along a fenceline and makes a nice screen to hide unsightly views. We use ours to screen a large metal building. It has the leaf-fluttering charactoristics of all aspen plus bright yellow-sometimes orange-fall color. Multiple short upright branches snugged tightly to the main trunk give it a compact look. It does tend to sucker as all poplars do but so far, they have been easy to manage.
You may also find these under the common name 'Swedish Columnar Aspen'.