Ordering poplar and willow material to plant

The primary purpose for council’s production of poplar and willow trees is for controlling erosion to reduce the volume of sediment reaching our waterways. For this reason our focus is on suppling trees to farms with steep land vulnerable to erosion. Our smaller shrub willow cultivars are also ideal for protecting eroding stream banks.

If you have areas of steep hill country farmland, active slips, eroding gullies or stream banks and are interested in planting poplars and willows contact our Land Management Team:

P: 0800 002 004 | E: [email protected]

For smaller planting projects (less than 20 trees) or if you are after poplars or willows for shelterbelts, stock shade, timber or amenity plantings, please complete our online expression of interest form.

In 2023, the nursery at 185 Flyger Road, Mata will be open for direct sales to the public from 9am until 3pm on Friday, 11 August, and 9am-1pm Saturday 12 August. Eftpos only.


Large orders (20 trees or greater) that are targeting erosion prone areas are eligible for reduced prices via an erosion control subsidy. Contact our team on 0800 002 004 or [email protected] for an up-to-date price list.

2023 Price list (Ex-nursery)

Tree type Cultivar Choosing a cultivar Planting material available Price (including GST)
Poplar Kawa Timber. Lower slopes and valley basins


3m poles


1.5-2m stakes


1m wands







Otahuao Lower slopes and valley basins
Crowsnest (available from 2023) Shelterbelts and dry, windy exposed slopes
Veronese (available from 2023) Dry and windy exposed slopes
Tree willow Tangoio Eroding gullies. Dry and windy exposed slopes
Shrub willow Kinuyanagi Fodder


1m wands



Awanui Eroding gullies and streambanks
Glenmark Eroding gullies and streambanks
Information icon. Please note: We prioritise orders for erosion control purposes. Once these are completed, we will make material available for other purposes such as shelterbelts and stock shade. For this reason, we cannot guarantee supply.

Choosing the cultivar best suited to your situation

Not sure what variety of poplar or willow to plant? Download a copy of our ‘Erosion Control: Poplar and Willow planting guide’ (PDF, 1.4MB) or check out our ‘Trees for erosion control’ page.