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Example of what a "InnovaTree" would look like (Photo from UMN Duluth)

The Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) based at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has completed development work on InnovaTree, a hybrid poplar that NRRI says should grow to its full 75 feet in height within 10 years.

The tree is a “cross between native Eastern cottonwood and European black poplar, naturally cross-bred over 25 years,” according to NRRI. “It will not spread,” according to the NRRI announcement.

It is well suited to all of the USDA hardiness zones in the Lake States (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan). It requires full sunlight and “grows best in well-drained loam, sandy loam, clay loam, and light clay soils with annual rainfall above 20 inches”, the NRRI announcement said.

InnovaTrees will be distributed by Hauser’s Superior View Farm LLC In Bayfield, Wisconsin in the Spring. (

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