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:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

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

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

        

image of Populus alba

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

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.