Populus alba (White Poplar)
Also known as: Abele
Native: Western and central Europe and central Asia
Location: Cultivated in Europe and North America for ornament in streets, parks and gardens and found to be useful for shelter near the sea as it withstands salt spray.
Is considerably shorter in Britain.
Leaves are lobed and covered entirely by thick white down when first open, but becoming dark glossy green on upper surface and pure white underneath.
Flowers open in April before leaves unfold, males reddish crimson and hairy about 7.5cm long females greenish yellow about 5cm long.
No sample available
Fruit catkins release white cottony seeds in June.