PlantsPopulus→White Poplar (Populus alba)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry 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 7b
Plant Height: 40 to 70 feet
Plant Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

mature tree in townhouse neighborhood

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 7, 2018 9:30 PM

This White or Silver Popular is native to most of Europe and to western Asia. I've seen it occasionally planted or escaped from cultivation around northeast Illinois and around Philadelphia, PA. It is a pretty and a large tree with smooth white bark, and the undersides of the leaves are silver. It is fast growing, of course, about 2 to 4 feet/year. It often sends ground suckers out of the ground and creates a colony. (For aspens to do that, it can be nice or not so bad since aspens are smaller and more upright.) It is weak-wooded and drops lots of twigs and branches. I prefer native popular species that really provide food for beneficial insects, especially caterpillars, that feed birds and other animals.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Large tree by Puddleduck03 Apr 8, 2019 11:17 PM 6
What species is this? 16 (Binomial name please) by NightCrow Jun 10, 2018 9:32 PM 1
What is this tree? by 3mark Apr 21, 2017 7:33 AM 2
Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Oct 10, 2020 8:42 PM 133

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