Silver Poplar

Also known as:
White Poplar
Europe, Western Asia

General description

Suckering, spreading tree <25m high. Broadly triangular leaves 3-5 deep lobes, green & shiny on upper side, downy-white underneath. Flowers (Sept), drooping pale green catkins; develop into capsules full of white hairs; capsules split open in Oct. Bark grey smooth or slightly fissured.

Slips, banks, roadsides, waste places, coastal dunes. Tolerates drought & poor soils.

Split pods disperse seeds. Vegetative spread from profusely suckering roots.

Forms dense stands by suckering. Crowds out native vegetation.

Site management

In pasture, livestock will control spread.

Recommended approaches

1. Spray small plants at full leaf stage (100ml glyphosate/10L).
2. For larger plants, either frill larger plants (feather cut bark), paint (250ml glyphosate/1L); or cut & stump paint (5g metsulfuron/1L); or inject 2ml of 20g metsulfuron/1L 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

Chinese poplar
Populus yunnanensis

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

Populus nigra

The Lombardy poplar leaves are green on both sides.

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RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
silver poplar - Main species image