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Populus alba 'Richardii'

white poplar 'Richardii'

'Richardii' is a spreading, suckering, deciduous tree to about 12m with lobed leaves, greenish-yellow above, felted white beneath, and felted white young shoots. In early spring produces green female or red male catkins

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Size
Ultimate height
8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Yellow
Summer Yellow Purple
Autumn Yellow Purple
Winter Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Salicaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Populus are deciduous trees, mostly very fast-growing and large, with male and female catkins on separate trees, opening before the leaves. Male catkins are the more ornamental, female ones can be a nuisance from the cottony, wind-blown seeds

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Best in deep, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, but tolerates both damp and dry soils

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 1 or pruning group 7 for best foliage effect

Pests

Leaves may be eaten by leaf beetles, sawflies and caterpillars

Diseases

Susceptible to leaf spots, poplar bacterial canker, honey fungus and tree rusts

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