Poplar trees are generally described based on their rate of growth, like fast-growing, but also provide quick shade and fast privacy and are easy to grow. They are aptly named and will help you in choosing the correct poplar or cottonwood tree for your specific needs. There are multitudes of poplar cultivars to choose from, such as hybrid poplar trees and cottonwoods. These trees are not only utilized for landscaping but are also popular for wetland mitigation and wood pulp production.
The most sought-after variety in the poplar species is the Tulip Poplar. What a grand tree for both landscaping and shade! It produces tulip-shaped flowers in the spring that create a profusion of color in yards and landscapes. (Tulip Poplar can be considered a hardwood.) Cottonwoods and Aspens are poplars that are used in landscape applications as well. Poplars are moisture lovers, so it needs ample water in order to grow into a strong, healthy tree.