Chinese Necklace Poplar

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.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and large, heart-shaped leaves. It produces small, inconspicuous flowers and long, hanging seed capsules that resemble a necklace.


The Produce

In spring, male trees produce catkins (pendulous flower clusters) that release pollen, while female trees produce catkins that develop into capsules containing seeds.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by long, hanging seed capsules.


The Leaves

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.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The seeds are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its unique seed capsules and fast growth. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Chinese Necklace Poplar is named for its distinctive, long seed capsules that resemble a necklace.

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