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Gardening in America
Poplar Trees
by Nancy Fletcher


Poplar TreeThe Poplar tree pictured here was planted last year. Already, it is, as you can see from the shed in the background, well over the roof. These trees are fast growing and for a new home owner they are almost an instant fix for a lot with no shade trees. They grow in a straight upward column. If they are planted close together, they can become a lofty hedge row. The negative side to this is that they are not long lived. Sometimes, if they are close together in a hedge they will begin to die out and then become uneven and unsightly. If the tree is growing singularly and dies, again it is unsightly. Maybe, for this reason the green houses in this area do not carry these trees. In order to purchase them one has to travel to another larger city from this rural town.

The wood of the poplar tree is light in weight and said to be a strong wood. If anyone has an occasion to burn it in a fireplace, you will discover why it is called "Poplar." A grill will necessarily need to be placed over the front of the fireplace to catch the embers as they loudly pop out of the fire. They can reach a height of forty feet and with their roots in a good water supply we have had them as large as thirty-six inches around. For this reason alone, they can be a good source of wood for whatever use one might choose for them.

For those who are interested in a balance of landscape these trees make a beautiful addition because, they give the upward spiral which can lend this particular element of design to a large or relatively small area. The upward motion is used by the artist to pull the eye toward the sky and has been used as far back as Greece. There you see the tall slender trees growing on the hill sides where there is a strong magnetism toward the spiritual with their belief in the Gods of the Parthenon.

A Poplar and the Moon
by Siegfried Sassoon (1886 ­1967).

THERE stood a Poplar, tall and straight;   
The fair, round Moon, uprisen late,   
Made the long shadow on the grass   
A ghostly bridge štwixt heaven and me.   
But May, with slumbrous nights, must pass;   
And blustering winds will strip the tree.   
And Išve no magic to express   
The moment of that loveliness;   
So from these words youšll never guess   
The stars and lilies I could see.


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