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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Botanical Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    Lombardy poplar is best suited as a street tree or short-lived privacy screen. It is very fast-growing to approximately 40 feet.

    Latin Name

    Populus nigra 'Italica'



    Also Known As

    Black Poplar ,

    Type of Plant


    Bloom Season

    March - April




    Max Height: 50'
    Max Spread: 15'


  • Street Tree
  • Hedge

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun


    Native Range

    Europe, northern Africa, western Asia


    George Washington planted Lombardy poplars many times at Mount Vernon as part of a plan to create fast-growing, dense living fences.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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