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Aug 30, 2012 6:22 PM

Please help me identify and save this beutiful tree

I have this tree in my garden and for the first time there are no leaves on the left y (please see attachments) can you help me identify it, I have been using the interactive guide but am getting a bit lost. Many thanks

  • The tree is one of the Black Poplar family, although the exact one I'm not sure of. The 'Black Poplars' are tricky due to their cultivars and hybrids. They include the Wild Black Poplar (Populus nigra ssp. betulifolia), Black Poplar cultivars e.g. Lombardy Poplar, Afgan Poplar, Plantier's Poplar and others, and the hybrids Populus x canadensis, of which there are a few.


    I would suggest seeing if your local council has a Tree Officer who can advise.


    Hope this helps.



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  • aaaahhhh poor tree hope it gets better soon

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    Aug 17, 2015 10:26 PM (in response to Kekersguy)
    Re: Please help me identify and save this beutiful tree

    I would agree quite possibly a poplar, mainly because of what happened to it, especially that distinct patterning of leaf damage.


    I realize your post is three years old now. If your tree is still alive, this time of year it will start de-leafing again. This largely happens when droughting situations are affecting it, in addition to the leaf issues you already observed.  A droughting-out process will have poplar leaves going a distinct slightly-golden yellow before other leaves begin turning.


    These trees are helped by watering: if at all possible, particularly at this time of year, leave a hose at the base of the tree running with a tiny trickle flowing throughout the day [and I do mean a tiny trickle--most trees should not be left standing in water].


    I cannot see the image well, but if it IS a poplar, there will be clean-break limb-losses where the limb breaks off right at the trunk.  Again, they appear to need a more steady flow of water than rain can provide in most environments.  You do need to be aware of that limb-fall issue, however, as it can produce significant damage with full-grown limbs falling on whatever lies below!


    I had one in the deep south that grew to a great height, but still had these issues at the end of the leafing-season.

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    • PS: To be fair, I should also note that mentioned tree had the misfortune of having a concrete patio built over one end of its roots, and a swimming pool built on the other side. As with other trees, if you wish the tree to have valid health throughout a long lifetime, it is important to allow its complete root system full access to whatever rainwater is available--any impingement upon that is an impingement upon the life and health of that tree.

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