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Black Poplar

Populus nigra

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Salicaceae (Willow)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Male and female catkins appear on separate trees. Males are red and females green. Wind pollinated.
Fruit:
The female flowers develop into the fruit. The fruit are capsules contain cottony seeds. The capsules burst open, leaving the seeds to fall to the ground in late summer. The fluffy seeds are sometimes referred to as 'poplar snow'.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree. Long-stalked and heart-shaped leaves tapering to a point, up to 12cm long. The edges of the leaves are finely serrated. Not hairy. The glossy leaves turn yellow in autumn.
Maximum Size:
33 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The inner bark can be added to flour and used to make bread after drying and grounding it.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Habitats:
Floodplains, waterside, wetland, woodland.