There is a fine row of tall trees by the side of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Old Roan. I can't get close to them because they are on the "wrong" side.
The bark seems smooth and greyish. They don't hold onto their dead leaves in the winter (so they aren't ordinary beech). Last week I was amazed to see the fresh leaves coming out bronzy-pink. In binoculars I could see that the leaves were the simple type, like beech, elm, poplar etc.
Here are two pictures, one when they were bare on 14th April and one showing the pinkish new leaves on 7th May.
Not much info, sorry, but can anyone identify them?
from their size and location they are most likely a type of Poplar but without more detail I am afraid I can't get you to species. Someone else may have a better idea though...
They may be black poplar, Populus nigra; there are several cultivars and hybrids.
I don't think they are old enough to have developed the dark draggy bark of mature specimens - so smoother and greyer may be OK.
If they were balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera or P. x gileadensis), I suspect you may have mentioned the sweet scent in the air. Pinky spring leaves - http://gallery.nen.gov.uk/asset67111-.html.
If they were aspen (Populus tremula), I suspect you would have mentioned the trembling of their leaves. But it does have the smoothest grey trunk of these three.
Thanks to you both. Some sort of poplar, it seems. I didn't notice a sweet scent, but the colour of the spring leaves and the tallness might fit for balsam poplar. I will be passing there again on Sunday, and I'll have a good sniff !