Hybrid Black Poplar

Populus x canadensis

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The Hybrid Black Poplar is a commonly planted and naturalised variety of the Wild Black Poplar, and is frequently seen along riversides, roadsides and in parks. Grown for ornamental planting and timber production, it originated in France in the 18th century.

How to identify

Taller and straighter than the native Wild Black Poplar, the Hybrid Black Poplar has slightly rounder leaves which are dark green above and pale below, giving the tree a silvery appearance.

Where to find it



When to find it

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How can people help

Wild Black Poplars have suffered severe declines and it is estimated that only 8,000 now exist in the UK, with only 400 being female. Their decline has been caused by a lack of suitable wetland habitat, the removal of trees because their seeds have been considered a nuisance, and the extensive planting of hybrids. But The Wildlife Trusts are helping this species through veteran tree surveys, planting and sympathetic wetland management. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member.

Species information

Common name
Hybrid Black Poplar
Latin name
Populus x canadensis
Trees and shrubs
Height: up to 30m
Conservation status