Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1138

Tree
Perennial
Dioecious

Non-native: Europe

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA, uncommon in SC Coastal Plain)

Look for it in disturbed areas, suburban woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Sepals absent
Petals absent
10 or more stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers in catkins, inflorescence pendulous

FRUIT:
Spring
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Populus alba   FAMILY Salicaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Populus alba   FAMILY Salicaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 051-02-003:
Populus alba   FAMILY Salicaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
White Poplar, Silver Poplar


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image of Populus alba, White Poplar, Silver Poplar

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_poal7_001_lvd

        

image of Populus alba, White Poplar, Silver Poplar

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_populus_alba_1

    Catawba County    NC

Leaves white-felted hairy beneath; margin has fewer than 15 teeth per side, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

image of Populus alba, White Poplar, Silver Poplar

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_populus_alba_2

April    Catawba County    NC

Both pistillate & staminate trees may be encountered, but rarely together, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.