Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra 'Italica')

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Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 30 to 50 feet, to 90 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fragrant
Broadleaf
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

from slide 1960ish taken by Neil McDonald

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 16, 2019 10:32 AM

The Lombardy Popular is a columnar cultivar of the Black Popular that arose in the 1600's in the Lombardy District of Italy and was introduced to cultivation in the US in the 1780's. It used to be somewhat commonly sold at nurseries in the Midwest and Eastern US in the 1950's into the 1970's, mostly used as a fast tree screen in a straight row. However, a canker disease, a fungus that attacks bark, Cryptodiaporthe (Dothichiza) populea, strongly attacks this tree in humid regions and kills it when it is about 15 to 20 years old, so it was largely discontinued. It does much better back in southern Europe and in the drier western US. Some cheap mail order nurseries still offer it in the US. It is a male clone propagated by stem cuttings.

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