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White Poplar

Populus alba

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 are yellowish-green.
Fruit:
The female flowers (catkins) develop into fluffy white seeds. The seeds are then shed in late summer.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree with leaves that are covered in a white downy or woolly hair. The 5-lobed, greyish-green leaves are whitish on their undersides and have irregularly toothed margins.
Maximum Size:
24 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The edible leaves are high in vitamin C. The inner bark can be dried, ground down and made into powder, then added to flour for making bread.
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:
Abbey, Abele, Dutch Beech, Silver Poplar, Silverleaf Poplar.
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, parkland, waterside, woodland.