About This Plant

The Chinese necklace poplar (Populus lasiocarpa) is a deciduous tree native to Asia, notably China, known for its striking reddish-brown bark that peels in thin strips, giving it a unique appearance. It’s often planted for its ornamental value in gardens and landscapes due to its relatively small to medium size, rounded crown shape, and green ovate leaves. These trees are adaptable to various soil conditions and are relatively low-maintenance, making them attractive choices for ornamental planting.

The Story


The leaves are broadly ovate to nearly triangular in shape, with a pointed apex and a rounded or heart-shaped base.
The leaves are typically dark green in colour with a slightly glossy appearance.


Populus lasiocarpa is dioecious, meaning individual trees are either male or female. In spring, male trees produce catkins (pendulous flower clusters) that release pollen, while female trees produce catkins that develop into capsules containing seeds. Female catkins mature into capsules that contain numerous small seeds surrounded by cottony fibres, facilitating wind dispersal.
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