The Black Poplar tree is the least known tree we will plant, but in the highest quantity. With the potential to grow up to 30m and for more than 200 years, this tree is also used as a 'pioneer' that produces a lot of biomass quickly to support the entire system.
Benefits to our planet
"It is one of the most threatened tree species in Europe as a result of habitat degradation, demographic pressure and lack of genetic diversity." It gives us joy to help bringing back the Black Poplar tree to Europe and get it out of the threatened status! This tree, just as the Eucalyptus, has been planted as they are very good in growing fast and a lot of biomass, 2 qualities that are critical in reforesting degraded land.
The catkins of the tree provide an early source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects, and the seeds are eaten by birds.
Around the Black Poplar tree we will plant multiple productive species with the principles of Syntropic Agroforestry, where we mimic the principles of nature and forests. The Eucalyptus tree will provide some shade in the hot and dry sun to help succession and other trees and bushes to thrive.
Black poplar wood is fine textured, soft and almost white in colour. It is naturally springy and resistant to shock. Traditional uses included cart wheels and wagon bottoms. Because of its natural fire resistance it was often used for floorboards, especially in the days of paraffin lamps. Black poplar can be coppiced or pollarded and was therefore a popular source for thatching spars, bean sticks, clothes pegs and woven fruit baskets. Today, hybrid black poplar timber is used to make artificial limbs, wine cases, pallets, shelving, bowls and toys.
By adopting a Black Poplar tree you will get:
- A certificate of adoption for you or the person you wish to offer it
- The possibility to visit & get a private tour of the farm. You will be able to see the progress of your tree(s) and its impact on the ecosystem.