Lombardy Poplar

Populus Nigra var. Italica



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Family:  Salicaceae

Native or Introduced to Illinois:  introduced

Leaf:  The ovate leaves are alternate and simple.  The margin is serrate and the venation is palmate.  

Flower:  The inflorescence is a catkin with incomplete flower structure (no petals or sepals).  Note:  The species is only known as a staminate species and is propagated by cuttings.

Fruit:  no

Twig/Bark:  Bark is easily damaged from impact; grow mostly upright and will not drop; not practically showy; should be grown as a single leader; no thorns

Size/Form/Shape:   This tree has a column shape and branches that are strongly ascending and brittle.  May reach 40 m or 130 ft. high.

County Distribution Map for Illinois:  


Sources for the Sullivan Middle School Tree Identification Guide were obtained though the use of the following sites:

The information below is from the National Arbor Day Foundation.  This information can be viewed in the original (source) form by visiting The National Arbor Day Foundation at http://www.arborday.org.

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Hardiness Zones:4 - 9
The Black Walnut can be expected to grow in the temperature extremes of the zones shown in color in this arborday.org hardiness zone map.