Poplars and Willows
- A new willow insect pest in New Zealand The giant willow aphid
Ian McIvor and Trevor Jones, August 2014
The giant willow aphid, Tuberolachnus salignus was first reported in December 2013 from Auckland. By March 2014 this aphid could be found throughout the North Island and as far as…
- Willows and poplars for drought mitigation
Trevor Jones and Ian McIvor, November 2013
This article, on using willow and poplar for animal feed in a drought, complements the article in the August issue of Tree Grower. The subject is not new but the…
- Willows and poplars for drought feed
Deric Charlton, August 2013
The drought last summer throughout most of New Zealand exposed the vulnerability of livestock farmers who depend on ryegrass-based pastures. Some had to use balage, silage and hay intended for…
- The passing of Mr Poplar - Chris van Kraayenoord
Denis Hocking, August 2012
New Zealand recently lost one of its most notable tree and land use researchers with the death, on 21 January, of Chris van Kraayenoord. Chris, commonly known as Mr Poplar,…
- Willow biomass in the Taupo region
Ian Nicholas, Kevin Snowdon and Ian McIvor, November 2010
The growth of shrub willows have been investigated for bioenergy and as a biopolymer resource in the Taupo area since 2004. Background information and some results have been presented in…
- Wood properties and use of poplar and willow
Ian McIvor, November 2010
The processing and use of both poplars and willows for different products are strongly influenced by their wood properties − anatomical, physical and chemical. That is why use cannot be…
- Use of poplars and willows for erosion control
Garth Eyles, November 2010
If I had to choose the ideal tree for erosion control on a hill country sheep or beef unit it would need to − Grow in the presence of the…
- Rust disease of poplar and willow
Ian McIvor and Siva Sivakumaran, November 2009
Rust fungi found on poplars and also on willows belong to the genus Melampsora. Rust caused by Melampsora is one of the most important leaf diseases of poplars. Internationally some…
- Energy farming with willow near Taupo
Ian McIvor, Ian Nicholas and Kevin Snowdon, February 2009
The end of cheap oil now is a reality and there is growing evidence of the connection between climate change and carbon emissions’, wrote David Wright, chairman of the New…
- Aspendale poplars and more
Bruce Bulloch, February 2009
On Sunday 30 November 2008, members of four branches − Middle Districts, Wellington, Tararua and Wairarapa – gathered at Allan and Lois Wilkinson’s property, south of Levin. Allan is well…
- Growing poplars for timber in Northland
Murray Hunter and Ian McIvor, May 2008
Internationally poplar is an important timber tree providing a range of end uses either as timber, chip or pulp. Good quality butts provide excellent rotary peeling for veneers and can…
- Breeding poplars and willows
Ian McIvor, 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 excess can cause economic loss from soil…
- Poplar logging case study
Peter Davies-Colley, 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 is now owned by Peter and Nikki…
- Short rotation coppice willow as low carbon bioenergy farming
Ian McIvor, 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 − the real horsepower. Horses needed biofuel…
- Where is poplar and willow research going?
Ian McIvor, 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 need to stabilise our hill country has…
- Report: Trees for steep slopes - poplar
Dean Satchell, July 2018
Poplar and willows are widely planted in pastoral hill country for erosion control. Poplar also has potential as a plantation forestry species and as silvo-pastoral plantings in the presence of stock.…
- 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…
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.
- Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 17. The poplars, Populus spp.
FRI Bulletin No. 124, part 17, A.G. Wilkinson, 2000.
- Poplars and Willows in Hill Country - Stabilising Soils and Storing Carbon
Ian R. McIvor and Grant B. Douglas
- Williams, D. Simpson, I. Bier, H. (1986) Properties of New Zealand grown poplar
FRI Bulletin No. 112. Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.