Plant ID forum: Black Poplar (Populus nigra)

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Mar 12, 2012 9:43 AM CST
I have always wondered what kind of city tree is lining up our fence:

Here are photos of her blooms which she always throws out as Spring sets in:
Thumb of 2012-03-12/tarev/84453b Thumb of 2012-03-12/tarev/5c39be


Her deciduous form during fall then winter:
Fallen leaves:
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Bare tree trunk in winter
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Her very full leaves during the warmer months, a good hot weather canopy for our house:
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Thumb of 2012-03-12/tarev/9dabdf

Thanks in advance!
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Mar 12, 2012 10:04 AM CST
Looks like .....nope...lol..
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 12, 2012 10:36 AM CST
Poplar?

Karen
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Mar 12, 2012 10:50 AM CST
Looks like a Black Poplar ( Populus nigra )
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Mar 12, 2012 11:13 AM CST
Thanks Karen and Brian! Finally a name for this lovely tree.. Big Grin I'll take the Black Poplar name for it, and further links gave me the proper term for the flowers, called catkins..ahh learning something new everyday! Big Grin The tree could also be a Black Italian Poplar...at the very least it is a Poplar!

Love this tree, though I must admit such a chore when it sheds the leaves, catkins, leaf kernels...but gives us much needed summer shade, some privacy and play area for the local birds Big Grin

Thanks again!
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Mar 12, 2012 12:36 PM CST
Oh good! I thought poplar and then decided I was wrong...lol..I love the brilliant yellow they turn in the Fall. I've tried to grow them on this property down in the back and for some odd reason, they've failed....but, if we move, they'll be one of the first types of trees I'll be planting.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Mar 12, 2012 12:40 PM CST
The city planted them along a dry creek bed along our fence line and they really grow so fast! They seem to like the occasional inundation they get from the creek when it rains.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Mar 12, 2012 2:04 PM CST
Lucky you!
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."

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