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White Poplar - Populus alba
Other Names:  Silver Poplar, Silverleaf Poplar, Abele

Non-native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Tree 5–20 m with ascending branches, spreading by horizontal roots. Bark white, smooth, becoming gray below. Leaf blades 3–5 cm long, ovate with a rounded tip, coarsely sinuate, cordate-based, green above, white-tomentose below. Female catkins 2–8 cm long, densely flowered. Capsules 3–5 mm long; seeds usually not maturing (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced throughout much of temperate North America; native to Eurasia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 15

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Little, E.L., Jr. 1979. Checklist of United States trees (native and naturalized). Agriculture Handbook No. 541. U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C. 375 pp.
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