Common name: Lombardy Poplar
Populus nigra L. 'Italica' APNI*
Description: Tree to 30 m with a columnar habit, buds very sticky, branches erect, bark grey, rough, strongly furrowed, with age developing rounded 'burrs', the remains of dense clusters of epicormic twigs. Suckers freely from the roots if the parent tree is cut down.
Leaves with lamina 4–8 cm long and 4–10 cm wide, usually wider than long; petiole 2–5 cm long.
Bracts cut into lobes, falling early; male catkins 5–7 cm long; female catkins not known for this cultivar.
Distribution and occurrence: Populus nigra is native of Eurasia, and in Australia it (often cultivars) is naturalised in Qld, N.S.W., Vic., S.A. and W.A.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *NWS, *CT, *NT
Other Australian states: *Vic.
This species, and other closely related cultivated species, are susceptible to attack by the poplar rust fungi Melampsora medusae and M. larici-populina.
Text by G.J. Harden & A.N. Rodd
Taxon concept: Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1: 449 (1990)
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