Populus nigra var. betulifolia (Downy Black Poplar)
Native: Northern and central Europe
Location: Planted by roads, and in parks and gardens.
Leaves have forward-pointing teeth and flattened stems. Young shoots, leaf stalks, main veins and flower stalks are downy but on the true Black Poplar are hairless.
Flowers open in March, males red, about 5cm long, females greenish about the same length.
No sample available
Fruiting catkins are about 7.5cm long and shed white cottony seeds in June.