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Willow and Poplar Poles

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has a selection of poplar and willow poles for sale. We aim to provide a reliable source of high quality poles for soil conservation purposes within the Hawke’s Bay Region. These have been bred especially for farm planting and their uses include:

• erosion control

• shelter belts

• livestock shade

• drought fodder

• timber (poplars)

Placing your order

Orders received early are more likely to be filled, and priority will be given to orders for erosion control purposes. If we are unable to supply from our nursery, we will try to obtain material from other sources. The first poles will be available for delivery in early June. Pole orders can be made by filling in our online form below. Grants are available to orders of 150 or more 3m or 2.5m poles for erosion control purposes.

Please phone Jill at the HBRC operations group 06 845 9210 or contact one of our land management advisors directly (see below for contacts) if you have any questions.

You can view the Nursery Brochure 2017 here.

Place your order here


Willows need moist soil conditions through summer to grow well. In the drier parts of Hawke’s Bay they should be planted in the dampest sites, but in wetter districts they are highly versatile.

Find images for all the willows here.

​​ Matsudana (The original parent clone) - Fast growing tree with rough bark suitable for most types of farm planting. A higher resistance to drought and goat damage compared to other clones. Attractive foliage.

 Moutere (Matsudana X alba) - Very fast growth, good for shelter belts, multi-purpose clone.

• Tangoio (Matsudana X alba) - Very fast growth, some drought tolerance, very good shelter belt tree, highest leaf protein of the willows.


These have similar siting requirements to willows. Poplars normally have a single straight leader and only start to spread at maturity.

Find images for all the poles here.

• Crows Nest - Fast growth, narrow form similar to Lombardy poplar on dry sites. More tolerant than most varieties of drier seasons and strong winds.

• Fraser - Moderately hardy and reliable on upper slopes. Good form, slower growth. Limited availability.

• Kawa - Fast growth, attractive foliage, late leaf fall, some possum resistance. Timber potential.

• Otahuao - Moderately hardy. Slower growing but Wind tolerant. Good form. Limited availability.

• Veronese - Slightly more drought tolerant than other poplars. Vigorous growth, suitable for timber and shelter belts. Can show signs of rust disease in high rainfall areas with no apparent effect.

• Yunnanensis - Attractive shiny leaves, late leaf fall, possum resistant, tends to branch heavily.

Colour Codes


Matsudana – White 
Moutere – Blue/Purple,
Tangoio – Blue/Blue


Crows Nest – Yellow/Red
Fraser – Orange/Blue
Kawa – Yellow/Black 
Otahuao – Orange/Grey
Veronese – Yellow/Grey 
Yunnanensis – Black

Pole Protectors

For best results in cattle grazed areas, plant only 3 metre poles and remove cattle for 1-2 years. Protectors guard against browse damage only. Available from the nursery are:

• Netting Sleeves - Plastic UV resistant netting guards available in 1.1m (sheep size) and 1.7m (cattle size). Must be stapled at top and bottom ends.

• Dynex ‘Pole Protector’ - Plastic UV stabilised guard with a 3-4 year life which gives increased protection from sheep, cattle and goat browsing. A complete tube with built-in air holes and tear line. No need to staple to poles. Available in 1.7m lengths.

Recycle your Pole Protectors

FREE recycling for Dynex pole protectors is now available at the HBRC Nursery, provided by 3R Group Ltd.

How it works:

• Remove foreign material – clips, bands, ties, etc.
• Shake free of organic contamination – weeds, dirt, etc.
• Drop protectors in the black Agrecovery bin.

Please do not place any other plastic protectors or sleeves in the bin as this will contaminate the plastic. Removing organic matter and foreign material also helps effective recycling.

Pole Specifications

Pole Size 3M 2.5M
Minimum    Top End 25mm 25mm
Diameter   Butt End 50mm 40mm

Please enquire about material specifications


(June, July, August) The nursery will try to coordinate orders to suit your preferred delivery date.

Quality Commitment

Nursery management take care to ensure that plant material is of the highest quality and is correctly identified. However, this is not a guarantee of the strike rate or growth rate of the material supplied.

​​​​​​Pole Storage

Poles should be soaked for up to two weeks before planting. Stand 3m poles with the butt end in 20-40cm of fresh water.

Planting Guide

We have various information sheets about siting, planting and management of poles. You can find these on our Land Management Info Sheets page.​ 


​Before Planting, check regulations controlling the distance of trees from community drains (Regional Council) and power wires (Electricity Authority). District Council plans regulate how close trees may be planted to property boundaries. 

More Information

For further information please contact our Land Management staff or Jeff Tantrum at the Nursery. Nursery Manager - 027 704 6117 Nursery - 06 845 3246

Maddy McLean - 027 398 0715
Paul Train - 027 533 2539
Warwick Hesketh - 027 496 6289​

Watch - Poplar and Willow Pole Planting for Erosion Control Video

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