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Swedish Columnar Aspen

Populus tremula 'Erecta'

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Swedish Columnar Aspen (Populus tremula 'Erecta') at Green Haven Garden Centre

Swedish Columnar Aspen

Swedish Columnar Aspen

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Height:  40 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  European Aspen

Description:

A tall upright spire-like tree, used primarily as a sharp vertical accent or in a row as a very tall screen; fast growing, far more disease resistant than the standard Lombardy poplar; bold and formal in a landscape setting, effective when well used

Ornamental Features

Swedish Columnar Aspen has forest green foliage throughout the season. The serrated oval leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The furrowed gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Swedish Columnar Aspen is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Swedish Columnar Aspen is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Swedish Columnar Aspen will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
Articulation  Screening 
Applications
Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features