Plant - fall
Granite Mtn - Tr 40
Sue Smith
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Watson Woods
Sue Smith
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Fall leaves
Mint Wash - Tr 345
Sue Smith
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Flowers & fruit
Watson Woods
Sue Smith
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Flowers & fruit
Watson Woods
Sue Smith
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Male flowers
Watson Woods
Sue Smith
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Bark
Prescott area
Jeff Schalau
Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Populus angustifolia, Populus xhinkleyana
General Description: Deciduous. Tall, upright form with a broad, flat-topped crown. Hybridizes with Populus angustifolia to produce Populus xhinkleyana and with Populus tricocarpa to produce Populus parryi. May have a lifespan of more than 130 years.
Identification notes: Large tree, open crown, whitish bark deeply furrows with age. Leaf blades as wide or wider than long, stems flat, triangular, coarsely and irregularly toothed, smooth and bright green. Long catkins; each flower subtended by a deep cup-shaped disc.
Height: 110 feet     Width: to 60 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: Found along streams and in wet or intermittently wet areas in woodlands and forests.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 0 - 6100 feet


Flowers

Color: Yellowish-green   Shape: Inconspicuous in elongated clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Mar - Jun
Description: Male and female flowers on separate trees; borne on long, slender loosely flowered catkins. Each tiny flower is subtended by a deeply cup-shaped disc.


Leaves

Leaf Color: Yellowish-green   Type: Simple   Shape: Triangular   Margin: Toothed   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: N
Description: Shiny, broadly triangular and pointed to 2-1/2 inches long by 3 inches wide with coarsely toothed margins. Base of leaf is nearly straight. In autumn leaves turn golden yellow before falling.


Fruit

Color: Light brown   Type: Capsule   Description: Small egg-shaped capsules each split into 2 to 4 parts to disseminate numerous, small fuzzy, white cottony seeds.


Bark/Branches

Bark Color: Grayish-brown to light brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Branches on young trees are grayish-brown, thin and smooth. Bark on old trees is light brown, thick and deeply furrowed. Trunks can be up to 4 feet in diameter but are often less.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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