Populus alba

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Salicales
Family: Salicaceae
Genus: Populus
Species: alba
Scientific Name
Populus alba
L.
Common Names

white poplar

Overview

Appearance
Populus alba is a tree that can grow 40-80 ft. (12.2-24.4 m) tall and 40-50 ft. (12.2-15.2 m) wide. The bark on young trees is smooth and greenish white becoming gray and wrinkled, as trees age.
Foliage
The leaves resemble maple leaves, but the topside of leaves are shiny, dark green while the underside is bright white and hairy. Leaves are 2-4 in. (5.1-10.2 cm) long.
Flowers
Flowers are inconspicuous and develop in slim, cylindrical flower clusters (catkins) before the leaves develop.
Fruit
Fruit are small, hairy seed pods that are spread by wind.
Ecological Threat
Branches are susceptible to breakage when under stress, such as heavy snow or ice. Trees produce prolific rootsprouts. Populus alba is native to Eurasia and grows best in full sun.

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