Grey Poplar - Populus alba x tremula = P. 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.
Thrives in damp places such as water margins and damp woods, but also found in hedgerows.
Flowers in March or April.
Widespread, particularly in the southern half of Britain.
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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