Poplar trees have roots as far back as ancient Rome. The trees were planted in and around public meeting places as early as the 6th century. The Greeks and Etruscans used the Poplar tree's durable wood for shields and many other useful items. Poplar was the most common wood used in Italy or panel paintings, including the Mona Lisa.
Poplar trees are a fast growing deciduous hardwood tree used for making furniture and pallets. Native Americans used poplar to make their canoes. Poplar is one of the primary trees used by the lumber industry, because it grows tall, straight, and fast. Poplar trees make good shade trees for your yard. Some species, such as tulip poplar, offer beautiful blooms and attractive fall leaf colors.
Homeowners and businesses love growing Poplar trees because they grow fast, up to 40' to 70', bringing beauty and shade quickly. They also remain narrow, making great ornamental trees, as well as effective wind breaks. They are often used in parks and to line driveways.