Lombardy poplar - twig & buds - December 2018
Lombardy poplar trees are commonly planted as a windbreak along property lines 'Italica' is a large, vigorous, narrowly columnar deciduous tree to 30m tall, with bright green ovate leaves and crimson male catkins before the leaves open in early spring Lombardy poplars are dioecious; however, in the variety 'Italica' only male trees are seen; male flowers are slender, reddish to yellow-green, on hanging catkins, 2 to 3 inches long, appearing in early spring. before the leaves Lombardy poplar leaves are alternate, simple, broadly deltoid (triangular), 2 to 4 inches long, finely serrate-crenate, straight across the base, petiole flattened, shiny dark green above, paler beneath. The lombardy poplar tree has bark that's initially smooth and gray-green, but then becomes darker (gray to nearly black) and irregularly furrowed. 'Italica'. The true Lombardy poplar, selected in Lombardy, northern Italy, in the 17th century. The growth is fastigiate (having the branches more or less parallel to the main stem), with a very narrow crown. Coming from the Mediterranean region, it is adapted to hot, dry summers and grows poorly in humid conditions, being short-lived due to fungal diseases. It is a male clone. === Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Rosids Order: Malpighiales Family: Salicaceae Genus: Populus
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