About This Plant

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. These trees have been historically used for timber in construction, woodworking, and instrument making. Despite their historical and cultural significance, black poplars have faced habitat loss and hybridization in some regions, leading to conservation efforts to protect and restore their populations.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves are broadly triangular and have a serrated margin. They are dark green on the upper surface and paler beneath. The leaf shape and arrangement create a distinctive rustling sound in the wind.

Produce

The black poplar is dioecious, meaning individual trees are either male or female. 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 seeds are surrounded by cotton-like fluff, aiding in wind dispersal.
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