Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for White Poplar - Populus alba   L.
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DistributionMore-or-less throughout the state, but with a curious gap between the Piedmont and the outer Coastal Plain.

Native of Europe; in N.A. throughout southern Canada and the U.S.
AbundanceUncommon to locally numerous.
HabitatWaste places, roadside thickets, margin of woods, back dunes, old fields, persisting at former homesites.
PhenologyFlowering March-May. Apparently most N.A. material is female.
IdentificationWhite Poplar is very distinctive with its leaves dark green above and white beneath; the margins have a handful of small rounded lobes. It is a small tree that in North America reproduces by cloning; it normally has a characteristic white bark.
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State RankSE
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieSame data. MoorePhoto_non_natural
B.A. SorrieEdge of barnyard, Piedmont of Moore Co., November 2018. MoorePhoto_non_natural

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