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Lombardy Poplar

Europe, Asia

General description

Columnar tree <20m high. Planted extensively as windbreak. Leaves green on both sides, turning golden in autumn. Catkins Sept.

Tolerates wide range of habitats.

Easily detached stem portions grow in wet ground.

Rapid growth rate, displaces native species.

Site Management

In pasture, livestock will control spread by eating young shoots.

Recommended approaches

1. Spray small plants at full leaf stage (100ml glyphosate/10L).
For larger plants
2. Frill (feather cut bark), paint (250ml glyphosate/1L).
3. Cut & stump paint (5g metsulfuron/1L).
4. Drill & inject 2ml of 20g metsulfuron/1L solution into cuts/holes at 10cm intervals around trunks.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

silver poplar
Populus alba

Silver poplar is the only poplar with white leaf undersides and snowy hairs.

Populus yunnanensis

Chinese poplar leaves are glossy green on upper side, greenish white on underside and have pink midribs & veins

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