Document Library

An index to our poplar and willow documentation

Early root development in 'Tangoio' tree willow planted as poles

McIvor I, Jones T, Ward R

Several studies have reported on root development of poplars of various ages growing on pastoral slopes but little is known of root development of willows grown on pastoral hillslopes. This report presents new information about root development in willow trees grown from poles.

Topics: Erosion Control; Root Systems; Willow Information;

Document Type: Publications;

New Willow Identification Key

Landcare Research

A new Salix key is on the Manaaki Whenua website at https://keys.landcareresearch.co.nz/nzsalix/.

Topics: Willow Information;

Document Type: Publications;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: the full length video

Combination of all eleven videos on milling poplar trees on the farm and uses for the wood.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: a summary

A summary on milling poplar trees on the farm. There is a lot of valuable high quality timber available on farms that can be milled and used on the farm.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: using the mill

Some tips on how to best mill poplar logs on the farm.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: more about logs

Small logs can also produce valuable timber, and larger logs can have hidden beauty once you cut them.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: milling your own logs

You can be surprised with beautiful grain that can be used for furniture or panels.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: assessing trees

How to assess trees in the field for suitability for milling.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: poplar posts

Sawn fence posts - poplar doesn't take treatment when unsawn, so if you want to treat them you need to cut them first.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: why mill your own trees

Why mill your own poplar trees? It's cheaper than buying your own timber, and you can mill to your own exact specifications.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: children's toys and furniture

Poplar doesn't split or splinter easily, and is also light weight and creates easy turning parts so is ideal for making children's toys. It can also be used for cooking utensils as it is a "non-taint" timber, and normal furniture for similar reasons.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: truck decking

Poplar is ideal for truck decking as it doesn't splinter easily.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: producing battens from milled poplar

Producing battens from milled poplar can be achieved. The process of drying is the most important part - even though it dries very quickly it has to be done properly. Preparation for treatment is discussed.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

New Zealand poplar farm milling: an introduction

Introduction - older trees are better for milling, not just done away with as happens on many farms. Poplar can be milled on the farm to create usable poplar timber, with some farm uses.

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm; Timber; Farm milling & uses;

Document Type: Videos;

Newsletter - December 2018

Once a year the Poplar and Willow Research Trust produces a Newsletter for distribution to partners and associates who are supportive of the work of the Trust.

Topics: Poplar Information; Willow Information; Trees for the Farm;

Document Type: Newsletters;

Are Poplars and Willows in Your Farm Plan?

Checklist of advantages of using poplars and willows in your farm plan

Topics: Trees for the Farm;

Document Type: Publications;

Shelter and riparian belts on farms

Ian McIvor

Shelterbelts and riparian buffers have many advantages on farms

Topics: Erosion Control; Rivers; Trees for the Farm;

Document Type: Presentations;

Guide to Erosion Control/spaced Plantings Being Eligible to Enter the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)  

Woodnet Forestry, Marginal Land & Carbon Consultancy Services

A guide to erosion control/spaced plantings being eligible to enter the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Topics: Trees for the Farm;

Document Type: Publications;

Pakaraka Station Field Day Report 2018

The multiple benefits of poplars and willows on hill country farms have been shared at a field day in Wairarapa.

Topics: Erosion Control; Farms;

Document Type: Videos;

Managing Poplars and Willows: Pollarding Young Willows in a Fodder Block

Safety is paramount when pollarding willows, especially for the first time. Willows can provide decent fodder for stock.

Topics: Fodder; Willow Information; Trees for the Farm;

Document Type: Videos;

Managing Poplars and Willows: Pollarding Older Willows

Older willows can be pollarded to allow them to become a fodder source.

Topics: Fodder; Cultivation; Willow Information;

Document Type: Videos;

Poplar Clones

Ian McIvor

Information sheets on poplar clones grown and marketed through regional council nurseries

Topics: Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm;

Document Type: Fact Sheets;

Killing old poplar trees using chemicals

Ian McIvor and Carlo van den Dijssel

Large or old poplar trees planted for soil conservation and now considered a safety risk can be poisoned, killed and left standing using appropriate herbicide applied to the conducting tissue in the trunk.

Topics: Cultivation; Poplar Information; Trees for the Farm;

Document Type: Publications;

Popular Polars: Tim Forde on Country Life, Radio New Zealand

Former forester Tim Forde believes the humble poplar is one of the most underrated trees in New Zealand.

Topics: Trees for the Farm;

Document Type: Audio;

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.

Topics: Cultivation;

Document Type: Videos;

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.

Topics: Cultivation;

Document Type: Videos;

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.

Topics: Cultivation;

Document Type: Videos;

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.

Topics: Fodder; Cultivation;

Document Type: Videos;

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.

Topics: Fodder; Cultivation;

Document Type: Videos;

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.

Topics: Cultivation; Purchasing Poles;

Document Type: Videos;

Planting Poplars & Willows: Assessing the Site

Learn how to assess hill country sites and place poles for best effect to reduce erosion.

Topics: Cultivation;

Document Type: Videos;

Planting Poplars & Willows: Successful Planting

Tips for storage, treatment and planting of poplar and willow poles for successful planting.

Topics: Cultivation;

Document Type: Videos;

NZPWRT Marketing Plan 2016

This Marketing Plan has been developed by the TRUST as an extension initiative to achieve increased plantings on farms in vulnerable hill country areas.

Topics:

Document Type: Publications;

Hill Country Heroes

The New Zealand Poplar & Willow Trust corporate document explains the trust and the importance of poplar and willows in New Zealand

Topics: Erosion Control; Poplar Information; Willow Information;

Document Type: Publications;

Factsheet 6: Benefits from using poplars and willows on NZ dairy farms

Poplars and Willows are extremely versatile trees that can deliver significant cost savings and provide excellent support in achieving environmental outcomes for dairy farmers.

Topics: Effluent Management; Erosion Control; Poplar Information; Willow Information;

Document Type: Fact Sheets;

Old Willow Identification Key

A pictorial key to help identify some of the willows in New Zealand

Topics: Willow Information;

Document Type: Publications;

Growing Poplar and Willow Trees on Farms

Guidelines for Establishing and Managing Poplar and Willow Trees on Farms Compiled and Prepared by the National Poplar and Willow Users Group as part of the Sustainable Farming Fund’s Poplar & Willow Project (Grant No. 04/089)

Topics: Cultivation; Trees for the Farm;

Document Type: Publications;

Trees for the farm

Ian McIvor

A decision support tool for farmers booklet

Topics: Erosion Control; Cultivation; Poplar Information; Willow Information; Trees for the Farm;

Document Type: Publications;

Aspendale Arboretum 2003-2014

Allan Wilkinson

A presentation at the IPC Working Party in Gisborne, 2014.

Topics: Poplar Information; Willow Information;

Document Type: Presentations; IPC - Gisborne 2014;

Effect of space-planted ‘Veronese’ poplars on pasture production in hill country

Stephanie Sloan, Peter Kemp, Steve Green & Ian McIvor

A presentation at the IPC Working Party in Gisborne, 2014.

Topics: Erosion Control; Farms; Cultivation;

Document Type: Presentations; IPC - Gisborne 2014;

The Search for Grey Poplar Clones That Propagate Easily

R.O. Miller, B.A. Bender, & P. McGovern

A presentation at the IPC Working Party in Gisborne, 2014.

Topics: Cultivation; Poplar Information;

Document Type: Presentations; IPC - Gisborne 2014;

Conservation trees add value in erosion prone hill country

Ian McIvor, Grant Douglas & Alec Mackay

A presentation at the IPC Working Party in Gisborne, 2014.

Topics: Erosion Control; Farms; Poplar Information; Willow Information;

Document Type: Presentations; IPC - Gisborne 2014;

Survival of Poplar and willow plantings: implications for erosion control

Michael Marden and Chris Phillips

A presentation at the IPC Working Party in Gisborne, 2014.

Topics: Erosion Control; Farms; Cultivation;

Document Type: Presentations; IPC - Gisborne 2014;

Poplars and Willows: With a focus on East Coast Hill Country

Peter Manson

A presentation at the IPC Working Party in Gisborne, 2014.

Topics: Poplar Information; Willow Information;

Document Type: Presentations; IPC - Gisborne 2014;

Root response to removal of shoots in cuttings of willow and poplar

Mauricio Maldonado, Peter D. Kemp, Ian R. McIvor, Grant B. Douglas

A presentation at the IPC Working Party in Gisborne, 2014.

Topics: Cultivation;

Document Type: Presentations; IPC - Gisborne 2014;

Poplars and Willows: Trees for Society and the Environment

J.G. Isebrands & J. Richardson

A presentation at the IPC Working Party in Gisborne, 2014.

Topics: Poplar Information; Willow Information;

Document Type: Presentations; IPC - Gisborne 2014;

Forestry in Sweden

Birger Hjelm

A presentation at the IPC Working Party in Gisborne, 2014.

Topics: Cultivation; Poplar Information;

Document Type: Presentations; IPC - Gisborne 2014;

The impact of biogas digestate application on young short rotation willow ecosystem

Katrin Heinsoo

A presentation at the IPC Working Party in Gisborne, 2014.

Topics: Cultivation; Nutrition and Fertiliser;

Document Type: Presentations; IPC - Gisborne 2014;