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One of two of our native poplar trees. A fast growing tree loving deep marshy soils, usually found along river margins and damp wooded areas, but sadly very few are found today.

A magnificent tree reaching heights in excess of 30m , bark greyish brown becoming dark with age also very thick and deeply furrowed in mature trees.

Trees are dioecious, male trees giving the best display in April when the red catkins open causing the whole crown to have a reddish tinge, while female catkins are greenish also opening in April

Leaves roughly triangular with fine toothed margin on flattened leaf stalk, which is often galled by woolly aphids of the Pemphigus spp.

March Tree of the Month - Black Poplar Populus nigra  Salicaceae

Black Poplar Populus nigra  Salicaceae

Poplar Hawk Moth Laothoe populi. []

Poplar Hawk Moth lava Laothoe populi. [Suffolk Moth Group]

Nearly 200 species of phytophagous insects and mites are associated with poplar, probably the best known is the Poplar Hawk Moth Laothoe populi.