Common Name: InnovaTreeTM Poplar Variety

Scientific Name: 
Family: Salicaceae 
SpeciesPopulus x euramericana

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 6
Height: 75 ft
Width: 40 ft

Common characteristics:

InnovaTree poplar variety, a fast-growing poplar tree selectively bred by UMN researchers, was introduced in 2023. InnovaTree is a large upright-oval shade tree ideal for larger yards,parks and recreational areas. This versatile tree quickly produces shade and privacy. It grows up to 10 feet per year and has an anticipated lifespan of 70 years. Its heart-shaped leaves turn golden yellow in fall. This poplar is a cross between native Eastern cottonwood and European black poplar, naturally cross-bred over 25 years. It is not a genetically modified tree. It is not invasive and will not spread as it does not sucker and is cottonless. 

Where it grows:

Grows best in loam, sandy loam, clay loam, and light clay soils. Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Will tolerate occasional flooding and occasional moderate drought. It does not do well in dry sandy soils.

How it’s used:

InnovaTree makes a quick shade tree! For landowners it is great for privacy screens, wildlife habitat, landscaping, windbreaks, conservation plantings, and firewood. Commercial uses include carbon markets, phytoremediation, biomass, pulp, and lumber products.

Ecosystem services:

Wild animals and birds will use InnovaTree as a cover and food source. 

Plant Hardiness Zones:

This tree was introduced in Minnesota and is suited for Midwestern climates, hardy in zones 3-6.


Resistant to stem canker and leaf disease. Early weed control is recommended for optimal growth and survival of small seedlings. Because of its fast growth and aggressive root system, it is best to not plant InnovaTree near power lines, roadways, or buildings.


InnovaTree UMN Website

Hauser’s Superior View Farm

The InnovaTree fully leafed out showing it's form

Looking up into InnovaTree canopy