Arborist Question and Answer: Yellow Poplar and Newly Planted Red Maple

I have a couple of questions for you accompanied by a few photographs about a yellow poplar and a maple in my yard.

Q: The first question is about a yellow poplar that was here when we moved in about three years ago. It was in need of a trimming, so I did so that winter, especially to remove a lower branch that was out of place. I know certain varieties of the species tend to grow straight up and produce a pyramidal crown later, but this tree seems pretty mature to have not done that yet. I’m wondering, is there any special pruning or anything I can do to help it spread out and start producing shade? The tree is about 20-25 feet and about 6-7 inches in diameter at the trunk. Read more…