Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Lombardy Poplar - Populus nigra   L.
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DistributionMostly in the Mountains; also Robeson County. A Gaston County specimen proves to be Betula pendula.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. mostly southeastern Canada and northeastern U.S., also scattered in most of the lower 48 states.
AbundanceVery rare as an escape, though often seen planted along field margins and yard borders to act as windbreaks. Apparently our plants are all male and reproduce by root suckers.
HabitatShore of Lake Junaluska (Haywood Co.), along railroad (Yancey Co.), fields (Macon Co.), roadside (Robeson Co.).
PhenologyNo data.
IdentificationLombardy Poplar is unique in the genus in its narrowly cylindrical growth form, looking like an Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) at a distance; and triangular leaves that are wider than long and which have a graceful drip-tip.
Taxonomic CommentsOur plants are the cultivar italica, known as Lombardy Poplar.

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