White Poplar, Populus alba
Origin: Siberia, Asia
Habitat: Hardy to USDA Zone 3
Height and Form: Deciduous, large tree, 40-70 ft (12-21 m) tall with a similar spread.
Foliage and Bark: Leaves alternate, simple, on long shoots 3-5 lobes, coarsely toothed, 5-13 cm long, dark green above, silvery gray and densely woolly underneath, on short branches smaller, only 2.5-5 cm, oval to elliptic-oblong. Bark is initially smooth and whitish gray, becoming rough and dark with age. Bud and twigs covered with short white hairs
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: Male (red) and female (green) deciduous trees, small flowers in catkins, female catkins growing longer than males when fertilized and mature.
Name: alba: Latin, whitish, a reference to the color of the underside of the leaves.