Grey Poplar - Populus alba x tremula = P. x canescens

Alternative names
Populus x canescens

A large tree to 40 metres or more and freely suckering. Shoots white downy at first. Leaves rounded-triangular, coarsely and irregularly toothed, not lobed, dark green above, grey downy beneath.

Identification difficulty

Thrives in damp places such as water margins and damp woods, but also found in hedgerows.

When to see it

Flowers in March or April.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread, particularly in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 67 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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