Spacing Cuttings

Spacing depends on your purpose.

The following chart will give you the ideal distances to use when planting hybrid poplars.

Cutting Cycle in years 

Spacing in feet

1 to 3

2x4 to 4x4

4 to 5

6x6 to 5x10

6 to 7

8x8 to 7x10

8 to 9

9x9 to 10x12

10 to 12

12x12 to 10x16

15 to 20

15x15 to 20x20

For a wind breaker you can try this arrangement by staggering rows. 


This insert is from the USDA pamphlet "Planting and Care of Hybrid Poplar"


  I am asked often how many trees per acre. I found this chart
on one of the government web sites, I made is smaller and here it is!
Approximate number of trees per acre (rounded to the nearest whole tree)
based upon the spacing distance between trees in feet.
1ft 2ft 3ft 4ft 5ft 6ft 7ft 8ft 9ft 10ft 11ft 12ft
1ft 43,560 21,780 14,520 10,890 8,712 7,260 6,223 5,445 4,840 4,356 3,960 3,630
2ft -- 10,890 7,260 5,445 4,356 3,630 3,111 2,723 2,420 2,178 1,980 1,815
3ft -- -- 4,840 3,630 2,904 2,420 2,074 1,815 1,613 1,452 1,320 1,210
4ft -- -- -- 2,723 2,178 1,815 1,556 1,361 1,210 1,089 990 908
5ft -- -- -- -- 1,742 1,452 1,245 1,089 968 871 792 726
6ft -- -- -- -- -- 1,210 1,037 908 807 726 660 605
7ft -- -- -- -- -- -- 889 778 691 622 566 519
8ft -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 681 605 545 495 454
9ft -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 538 484 440 403
10ft -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 436 396 363
11ft -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 360 330
12ft -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 303
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