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The Silviculture of Hybrid Poplar Plantations

Author(s) or contact(s): K.D. Thomas, P.G. Comeau, and K.R. Brown
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Hardwoods and Mixedwoods
Series: Extension Note
Other details:  Published 2000. Hardcopy is available.


As demand for wood products and fibre increases, forest managers face the challenge of growing more wood on less land. Shorter rotations and diversification of products may help mitigate this pressure. Hybrid poplars grow quickly. The rotation age ranges from 10 to 26 years in British Columbia depending on a number of factors, including climate, site, and management regime. The more intensive the management, the shorter the rotation.

Hybrid poplar is used primarily for pulp, but can also be used for lumber and plywood. Markets for the latter products are developing and need to be encouraged. Non-wood uses include ornamental plantings, soil stabilization, and conservation. In British Columbia, hybrid poplar plantations are being grown in the interior, and on the south coast, mid-coast, and Vancouver Island.

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Updated April 19, 2007