Black Poplar

Populus nigra, commonly called black poplar, is a deciduous tree native to Europe and parts of Asia. Known for its diamond-shaped leaves and tall, straight trunks, it’s often found near water bodies like rivers.

The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and diamond-shaped, serrated leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It produces small, inconspicuous flowers.


The Produce

The male trees produce catkins, which release pollen, while female trees produce smaller, less conspicuous catkins that develop into capsules containing numerous small seeds.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous catkins in early spring.


The Leaves

They are dark green on the upper surface and paler beneath.


The Bark

The bark is dark gray and deeply fissured, becoming rough with age.


The Habitat

Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found along riverbanks and wetlands.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The leaves and bark offer food and shelter.


The Culture

Valued for its fast growth and timber, which is used in making matches and pallets. Often planted for erosion control.


Fun Facts

Black Poplar is one of the rarest native timber trees in the UK, known for its resilience and importance in floodplain ecosystems.

The Connection To Burton Constable

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