Belongs to: trees

Black poplar Populus nigra betulifolia

very scarce

Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A spreading and densely leaved tree, growing up to 30m, usually by fresh water or in a floodplain

Rugged blackish bark with large bosses on the trunk; birch-like leaves; reddish catkins open in March

Now very scarce because female trees have been unpopular because they produced so many seedlings

© Jonathan Smith

© Tony Gunton