Chinese Poplar, Simon Poplar 'Fastigiata'

Populus simonii

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



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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


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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring


Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

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

Denison, Iowa

Union, Kentucky

Reno, Nevada

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 10, 2016, jaylizz1 from Reno, NV wrote:

I'm on a five acre parcel in Reno, Nv. It has been 5 years and the first ones I planted are over 30 feet tall. They grow faster than you think. One that died on me over the winter came back from the root and looks as good as the batch that I planted. They are all on drip irrigation. There are more than 20 on the property and I plan to get more. I use them as cover for stronger and longer lived trees and shrubs to have a chance to establish. Some day I will cut all of them down. I just want to add that unlike willow this tree never self prunes, and black aphids and other pests have never been a problem.


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.


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.


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.