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Populus alba
Populus alba (Silver Poplar)
Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Foothills. Wet areas, roadsides. Spring.
Near Yellow Jacket Canyon, June 21, 2004.

Silver Poplars, introduced European trees, are very handsome, with showy leaves of dark green and white.  Leaf and twig stems are covered in the same downy hairs as the leaf underside.

Populus alba prefers moist areas and will spread rapidly by root sprout to form thickets of silver and green. The trees have a strong central trunk to forty feet tall.

"Populus" is Latin for "people" and is the classical Latin name for the tree.  "Alba" is Latin for "white".

Populus alba

Populus alba

Populus alba (Silver Poplar)
Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Foothills. Wet areas, roadsides. Spring.
Near Yellow Jacket Canyon, June 21, 2004.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Populus alba