Poplars and Willows
- Breeding poplars and willows
Ian McIvor, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2008. New Zealand’s primary wealth depends on fertile land and plentiful, clean water. Water is essential to New Zealand’s productive economy. However water in…
- Poplar logging case study
Peter Davies-Colley, New Zealand Tree Grower, February 2008 Ngarakau is a 300 hectare dry stock farm located at Titoki in Northland. It was formerly owned by Richard and Wilma Davies-Colley and…
- Growing poplars for timber in Northland
Murray Hunter and Ian McIvor, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2008. Internationally poplar is an important timber tree providing a range of end uses either as timber, chip or pulp. Good…
- Short rotation coppice willow as low carbon bioenergy farming
Ian McIvor, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2007. Bioenergy is not new.Before the invention of the steam engine and internal combustion engine society was dependent on horsepower of a different kind…
- Where is poplar and willow research going?
Ian McIvor, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2007. New Zealand has developed unique and innovative systems for using poplars in soil conservation on slopes which continue to impress overseas visitors. The…
- Report: Trees for steep slopes - Poplar
Dean Satchell, July 2018. In this page: Establishment Siting Silviculture Weed potential Timber Poplar and willows are widely planted in pastoral hill country for erosion control. Poplar also has potential as a plantation forestry…
Here we present a range of videos put together by the Poplar and Willow Research Trust and sponsored by Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Planting Poplars & Willows: Assessing the Site
Learn how to assess hill country sites and place poles for best effect to reduce erosion.
Planting Poplars & Willows: Choosing the Best Poles
The best choice depends on your requirements. Get good advice on choosing the right poles in terms of the right size and variety.
Planting Poplars & Willows: Successful Planting
Tips for storage, treatment and planting of poplar and willow poles for successful planting.
Managing Poplars & Willows: Re-Ramming Recently Planted Poles
Poplar poles sometimes require re-ramming as the summer progresses after recent planting. Re-ramming helps secure the pole and enhance root contact with the soil.
Managing Poplars & Willows: Form-Pruning Poplars
Poplars should be form-pruned. Single stems are healthier with greater longevity, allow for better pasture growth and are more likely to produce millable logs.
Managing Poplars & Willows: High-Pruning Poplars
Poplars may benefit from high pruning to increase their health and longevity, encourage pasture growth and to produce millable logs.
Managing Poplars & Willows: Pollarding Willows from Within the Tree
Pollarding willows is useful to manage tree size when producing fodder for stock and producing planting poles. Safety is a key issue.
Managing Poplars & Willows: Pollarding Willows from a Tractor-Mounted Box
A tractor mounted bin is a useful way to quickly and easy way to pollard willows on the farm, particularly in flat to easy country. Safety is paramount.
- Peter and Nikki Davies-Colley, Ngarakau, Whangarei, Mid-North branch
On this 300-hectare sheep, cattle and forestry property, a whole-farm approach is taken - trees are only planted on land too steep or difficult to cultivate. Poplars are planted to…
- Tim Orlando Reep, Huntly, Waikato branch
Trees in this high-rainfall area of the Waikato have been planted on the steeper slopes. Tim farms cattle and has learnt ways of integrating trees with them, and also maximising…
- Kyle and Madelein Brennan, Reporoa, Taupo branch
90-hectare rolling dairy farm on pumice country milking 230 friesian cows. Natives and other amenity trees are planted in wet gullies and riparian zones. Steeper sidlings are planted with high-value…
- Victor Clark, Reporoa, Taupo branch
Victor farms deer, sheep and cattle on this steep property. Poplars provide cover in grazing areas and reduce stress, and improve management overall for the deer in particular; large areas…
- Murray Peat, King Country (Taranaki branch)
Murray farms a 300 ha steep to rolling drystock King Country farm with highly erodible soils. Plantings are predominantly eucalypts; also range of poplars, blackwoods and some pine. High-value species…
- Clare and Terry Gavin, Murchison, Nelson branch
Claire and Terry Gavin have a specialty timber farm forestry property near Murchison. Species established include cypresses C ovensii and C macrocarpa; also poplar, and redwoods are grown on stoney…
- Chris Dawkins, The Pyramid, Waihopai Valley, Marlborough branch
This is a 450 ha dryland sheep and cattle property, of which 60 ha is in trees. Timber, shade, shelter, soil conservation and amenity all feature in the objectives. 80%…
- Warren Smith, Greymouth, West Coast branch
Warren Smith and wife Marilyn own two farms - a sheep and beef property which has been in the family for many years, plus a newer dairy block. Warren is…
- Jack Davidson, Aharua Valley, Hokitika, West Coast branch
This small West Coast grazing and forestry block features a wide range of species including radiata pine, cypresses, eucalypts including ground-durable eucalypts, blackwoods, and poplars. Willows and poplar are grown…
- John Prebble, Mount Blue, North Otago Branch
In the 26 years the Prebbles have farmed at Mt Blue, they have established over 30 ha of mixed-species woodlots and shelter belts. Shelter has improved lamb survival; also pasture…
- Bill Wise, Balclutha, South Otago branch
Bill Wise has been planting trees for timber and shelter on his sheep and beef farm for 50 years on poorer, gorse-infested areas. He is now into the second rotation…
- Dennis Larsen, Clutha, South Otago branch
Dennis Larsen describes his large-scale sheep and beef unit in South Otago. trees were originally planted for erosion control, shade and shelter, and then timber production - some 92 hectares…
- POPLARS AND WILLOWS - CENTRAL HAWKES BAY WORKSHOP, February 2012 January 2012
A Fresh Look at Poplars and Willows Poplars and willows - they’re the arboreal workhorse of our rural landscape, holding hillsides and river banks together, providing shade, shelter, timber and…
- NZ Poplar & Willow Research Trust
A charitable trust benefitting the New Zealand community by funding research and development in the maintenance and enhancement of poplar and willow trees for purposes such as soil conservation, river control and sustainable land management, and providing new information about poplar and willow resulting from research and development.
- Growing poplar and willows trees on farms
Guidelines for establishing and managing poplar and willow trees on farms. National Poplar and Willow Users Group
Comprehensive (71 page) report compiled as part of a SFF project. Good practical advice on all aspects including choice of planting stock.
- Willows: Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source - The willows, Salix spp.
Van Kraayenoord, C. W. S., Slui, B., & Knowles, F. B. (1995) Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source - The willows, Salix spp. FRI Bulletin No.124, part 15. Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
Excellent information but some aspects now dated.
- Poplars: Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source - The poplars, Populus spp.
Wilkinson, A. G. (2000) Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source - The poplars, Populus spp. . FRI Bulletin No. 124, Part 17. Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
- Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 15. The willows, Salix spp
FRI Bulletin No. 124, part 15, Van Kraayenoord, C. W. S., B. Slui and F. B. Knowles (1995).
Excellent information but some aspects now dated.
- Properties of New Zealand grown poplar
FRI Bulletin No. 112, Williams, D., I. Simpson and H. Bier (1986).
- Poplars for the Farm
McIvor, I. (2011). Poplars for the Farm: Specially bred clones for New Zealand conditions. In P. a. F. Research (Ed.), (Vol. 5). Palmerston North.
Focus on clones specially bred for NZ farms. Specifically for farmers/land managers.
- Poplars and willows for the hill country
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
Various leaflets on species selection, planting and management. Specifically for farmers/land managers
- Poplars and willows for fodder
Taranaki Regional Council
- Growing poplars and willows
Horizons Regional Council
- Poplars for erosion control
Northland Regional Council