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    RE: Poplars

    My tree encyclopedia says that the European Beech grow to 12' in 10 years and 35' in 20 years. The growth rate is described as "slow to medium".
    As the earlier posts mentioned, fast-growing trees have weak wood and can form surface roots, but if you don't mind picking up sticks after thunderstorms and mowing over some roots they're almost immediate privacy.

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    RE: Poplars

    That's the problem with many evergreens... I'm glad you researched it before finding out they need a lot of space when they get older. Plus they are slow growers. BUT! There are some other evergreens to check out that might be of interest if they will grow in your area because they are narrow and grow quickly and those would be:

    Southern Magnolia
    Loblolly Pine
    Slash Pine

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    RE: Poplars

    None of those trees will grow in my zone (I dont think). I'm in zone 4-5. Omaha Nebraska.

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    RE: Poplars

    What about some quacking aspens? Same family, nice fall color fast growers etc.

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    RE: Poplars

    I'm way ahead of you. I'm planning on planting some quaking aspens elsewhere in the yard. Question though, how bad do they sucker? My mom told me to do some research because they are kind of a weed tree and can really be hard to contain. Is that right? How bad are they?

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    RE: Poplars

    I know the quaking aspens have male and female flowers on separate trees - but having many of them would probably result in pollination. I've never heard anything about whether or not they sucker a lot, though.
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    RE: Poplars

    Yes, from what I've read, they do sucker from their roots, which can create a dense stand of "clones" of the original tree in a pretty short period of time. But one person reported on another site the babies are easy to pull out.

    I guess a lot of times in drier locations, the trees are found in pure stands but associated shrubs that are commonly associated with this tree are beaked hazel, mountain maple, speckled alder, bush honeysuckle, raspberries and blackberries. For herbs found in the understory, large leaved aster, wild sarsaparilla, bunchberry and fragrant bedstraw. When mixed species of treees are found, they are usually spruce or firs.

    I mention these in case you would like to create a more diverse habitat that is charactaristic of a real aspen forest. so it doesn't look quite so blaahchy.

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    RE: Poplars

    The Zip:##### article in the latest issue of National Geographic features a nice photo & sketchbook notes related to the aspen thickets found @ zip 83011 - was going to link to the online teaser for the article, but, even better, here's an "online exclusive": http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/...re6/zoom1.html. Check out the print version also - very impressive!
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