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Populus alba

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POP-yoo-lus AL-ba
Description

An aggressive tree from Europe that has naturalized in NC, especially along roadsides and old lots.  It commonly spreads via root suckers around the parent tree's base.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#tree#aggressive
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#tree#aggressive
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Populus
    Species:
    alba
    Family:
    Salicaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, central Asia
    Distribution:
    Naturalized in NC
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    more than 60 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Capsules filled with small, downy seeds that are easily carried on the wind.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Catkin
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Separate male and female inflorescences, the female as small as 1.5 mm and the male over 2 in long.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    White
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Lobed
    Sinuate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Large, 3 to 5-lobed leaves with white, wooly undersides and a coarsely-toothed margin. Petioles are also wooly.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Gray
    Bark Description:
    Prominent and light grey.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Buds:
    Hairy
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Weedy