Hybrid Black-poplar - Populus nigra x deltoides = P. x canadensis

Alternative names
Hybrid Poplar

A tall tree with branches more erect than the Black Poplar and the trunk without burrs. It bears large red catkins that are borne before the leaves, which arrive quite late. Leaves glossy green above when mature, shallowly toothed, long stalked and almost diamond shaped.

Identification difficulty

Regularly planted and often found beside roads and in urban areas.

When to see it

Catkins March and April.

Life History

Most records probably come from trees that have naturalised from original planted stock.

UK Status

Mainly recorded from England and Eastern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland where it is often planted and may naturalise. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 154 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map