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Would anybody know which type of Poplar grows the white cottony fluffy stuff? In May/June the fluff detaches itself from the trees and the wind blows it around. It's a nightmare as it gets everywhere. 

We want to plant about 50 poplar trees at the side of our paddocks as a wind break but certainly don't want the type which lets the fluffy stuff. Could anybody point me out the right direction please? Many thanks

PS: we are in the UK Lincolnshire



  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,729
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    It's willows that put out the fluffy stuff here. S. alba, fragilis and rosemarifolius, all do it

    I have what I think are hybrid black poplars, they don't do that and the lombardies have never produced a flower that I've noticed.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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  • Some friends lived in North Lincs. The windbreak on one field was some sort of damson or bullace. Delicious!

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,847

    We had a row of 27 poplars along the boundary of our paddock.  Never saw any white stuff.

    A storm brought down two of them - across our neighbour's paddock - so a couple of years ago we had the remainder cut down and are replacing them with ordinary willow trees to suck up the excess moisture and a weeping willow for pretties and to hide the view of a house across the paddocks which is set to become a building site this summer when the new owners add an extra storey.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,729

    'Fraid it's the same problem with Lombardy as it is with any other type. The female trees make the fluff


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    The true Lombardy poplar cloe, var italica is a male clone, no seeds. There is a female clone P. nigra " foemina" which is fastigiate but much broader than the true lombardy. The Hybrid Black poplars, P Robusta and P serotina are both male [ but both huge trees ].

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