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Lombardy Poplar

Populus nigra italica

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 seeds look woolly and fall like snow in late summer. It is often referred to as 'poplar snow'.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree. Long-stalked, alternate and heart-shaped to triangular-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:
18 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.
Other Names:
Italian Poplar, Lady Poplar.
Habitats:
Parkland, waterside.