**133/J-Tree Talk-White POPLAR.

WPOPLAR 4This tree can be at once distinguished by its leaves, which have a thick coating of white  down on the underside while their upper surfaces are very dark glossy green.  They vary considerably in shape & are sometimes roughly triangular & sometimes  five-sided.  The margins are uneven but have no teeth.  In winter the twigs & the  small twigs & small buds are also coated with the white down, which might easily be mistaken for a form of blight.  The tree reaches a larger  size than the black poplar & the bark of old trees is very rugged.   In young trees the bark is often   marked with smooth black & white speckled patches.  The white poplar was well known to the ancients  & was consecrated to Hercules according to Greek mythology.


**133/I-Tree talk-Black POPLAR.

Scan0042 This is a native tree & is widely spread.  The leaves are about three inches broad at the base & taper gradually to a point.  The margins are cut into large f lat teeth.
When they first appear they are a ruddy gold,  but later are a dark green.  In winter the buds are long & pointed & are sticky with resin.  The bark is a dark grey &it  is not clear why the tree is called black, unless it is in contrast to the white poplar.

**133/H -Tree Talk-Lombardy POPLAR.

This well known tree needs no description as its tall flame-like shape must be familiar to everybody.  The majority  of  Lombardy poplars in England are male trees, as this kind was the first to be introduced &  the bulk of subsequent planting  has been made by cuttings.  The leaves of  this tree are smaller than those  of the other poplars & are shaped rather than those of the black poplar.