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Tristis Poplar

Populus x tristis

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Tristis Poplar (Populus x tristis) at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Tristis Poplar

Tristis Poplar

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Tristis Poplar (Populus x tristis) at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Tristis Poplar foliage

Tristis Poplar foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b


A large and fast growing shade tree with a rounded crown; fragrant, balsam scented buds in spring; bright yellow fall color; somewhat aggressive root system so don't plant too near a home; a sterile hybrid that does not produce fluff

Ornamental Features

Tristis Poplar has dark green foliage throughout the season. The fragrant heart-shaped leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Tristis Poplar is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Tristis Poplar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Planting & Growing

Tristis Poplar will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade  Windbreak 
Ornamental Features