SRC poplar cuttings and rods

We can supply the following poplar varieties:


Gaver (Populus deltoides x Populus nigra)

DBH of 6-8 cm at 5 years. Branchy variety with small leaves that is tolerant to high altitudes and exposure. Moderately suceptible to rust.

Gibecq (Populus deltoides x Populus nigra)

DBH of 6-7 cm at 5 years. Branches are upright. Tolerant to high altitudes and exposure. Moderately suceptible to rust.

The timber quality of Gaver and Gibecq is high. The growth is not quite as rapid as other varieties but is still impressive. They are sometimes planted on the edge of the plantation to provide some shelter to faster growing but less wind tolerant varieties.

AF18 poplar variety in 3rd year- (never harvested)


A4A (Populus x canadensis)

Outstanding, vigorous variety with large leaves. DBH of 8-10 at 5 years. The high degree of branching makes it slightly more difficult to harvest. Good as a fodder crop and as a nursery crop for poultry. Drought tolerant but moderately susceptible to rust. More prone to snap in high winds

AF2 & AF7

These are siblings. Both are adaptible varieties that can tolerate exposure, high altitudes and drought. DBH of 8 at 5 years. Resistant to rust. AF2 is more suitable for biomass production.

AF8 (Populus x generosa)

This variety can be managed as a coppice with 7-8 year rotation. DBH of 9-10 at 5 years. Can tolerate some exposure, high altitudes and drought. More prone to snap in high winds. Moderately susceptible to rust.

We can also supply AF13, AF16 and AF18 (all Populus x canadensis)

There are three main sizes available:

  • 22 or 25 cm cuttings – these can be used for hand planting into a weed free seed bed
  • 40 cm cuttings – these can be used for hand planting through geotextile membrane. They can also be used for gapping up.
  • 1.5 or 1.75 m rods – these are suitable for planting poplar as a single stem tree at wider spacings

Poplar for windbreaks

TT32 (Populus balsamifera x P. trichocarpa)

The most suitable poplar for windbreaks but only if grown in a line – it is not particularly good in blocks. The ‘Balsam Spire’ grows on a wide range of soils (light sandy, medium loam and heavy clays) but prefers moist conditions. It can reach 30 m in height. It has an elegant narrow crown and its early leafing is of benefit for providing shelter to farm and horticultural crops. Its narrow branch angle allows it to survive and grow at narrow spacings.

Price list 

Number of unitsPrice per 25 cm cuttingPrice per 40 cm cuttingPrice per 1.5 m rodPrice per 1.75 m rod
> 5 000£0.20£0.35£0.75£1.00
1 000 - 4 999£0.25£0.40£0.95£1.10
50 - 999£0.30£0.50£1.25£1.40
< 50£0.55£0.85£2.25£2.50

Please note:

  • Prices are ex VAT and transport
  • These varieties are dispatched from Hereford in England
  • The earliest we can dispatch poplar is December. However, we would not recommend planting before February. Optimum planting is in early March.

Are you hand planting? We sell bespoke dibbers for £40 plus P&P plus VAT.

If you are interested in purchasing SRC poplar cuttings or rods for 2024 planting please contact us.