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Fast-Growing Wind Break

If you need a quick privacy hedge or windbreak, or need to screen out an unwanted view - sooner rather than later - then you want the Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’). This tree shoots skyward to 40 feet, 50 feet or more. And by shooting skyward, we mean that it rockets at a pace of 1 to 6 feet per year! Very few other screening trees will grow this fast.

These stately trees have been used in public and private landscapes in Europe since the 1700’s. Andrew Jackson helped popularize them in America in the 1800’s. They were used then to dramatically line roadways or highlight garden edges. Can’t you imagine how they would add height and drama to your yard?

In summer, the heart shaped leaves are green on one side and silver on the other, which makes for a shimmering effect in the slightest breeze. In fall the leaves turn a classic shade of autumn yellow.

Tall and columnar, they create a memorable impact wherever they are planted, but especially if planted in a row. Planted at 5’ to 8’ apart, they will make a formidable windbreak in no time.

Birds love the shelter and high protection the branches of the Lombardy offer, so you will have plenty of songbirds coming to visit.

Go for high impact and don’t buy just one. These trees have got you – or at least that ugly view – covered!

* Fast-Growing
* Great Living Screen
* Hardy


Plant Facts

Family Populus nigra 'Italica'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 40 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 3-9
Mature Form Narrow, Columnar
Growth Rate Rapid
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Flower Color Green Catkins
Fall Color Yellow

Lombardy Poplar.

Rating: 4/5 based on 17 review(s)
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Leaf color Review by Keady12
Lombardy poplar leaves seem to shimmer when the wind blows.
narrow tree Review by Towner
I was very pleasantly surprised at how fast and narrow the Lombardy Poplars grow. The tall narrow trees seems to make the backyard look bigger.
Fast growth Review by Boston guy
To me the Lombardy poplar is the steady-eddy of windbreak trees. They provide quick wind protection without a lot of care, except maybe for adding extra water to keep the fast growth going.
Super Product Review by Omaha, NE Customer
I bought 7 of these trees from this site to put along my back propertyline to block out my neighbor's unsightly alley/yard. These have grown so fast and the tree bed adds a beautiful touch to our landscape. All 7 have made it nearly 4 years, although one had a rough start but is now growing well.
Beautiful trees Review by Tomorrow
I bought a house that has 2 of these that were planted in 1972. They are about 65-75 ' tall. They are beautiful trees that add character to any landscape. The only downside i can think of is that only one of my poplars send off suckers. But I guess that gives me free trees!!

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