Robust Poplar

The bark of Populus x canadensis ‘Robusta,’ commonly known as the Canadian Poplar or ‘Robusta’ Hybrid Poplar, is smooth and greyish-green in its youth, gradually developing into a rough, dark grey bark with furrowed ridges as the tree matures. The ‘Robusta’ Hybrid Poplar is known for its rapid growth.

The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a straight trunk and a broad, open crown. It has triangular, green leaves that turn yellow in autumn.


The Produce

Instead, it reproduces through its catkins, which are elongated, drooping clusters of small flowers.


The Flowers

Produces long, pendulous catkins in spring, followed by fluffy, cotton-like seeds.


The Leaves

These leaves exhibit a glossy, dark green colour on their upper surface and a slightly lighter shade on the underside.


The Bark

The bark is gray and deeply fissured, becoming more rugged with age.


The Habitat

Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found along riverbanks and in wetlands.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and mammals. The trees also help stabilize riverbanks.


The Culture

Used for timber and pulpwood. Also valued in riparian restoration projects for its fast growth and soil stabilization properties.


Fun Facts

The Robust Poplar is known for its rapid growth and adaptability to a variety of soil conditions.

The Connection To Burton Constable

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