Hybrid black poplar

Hybrid Black Poplar

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Hybrid black poplar

Scientific name: Populus x canadensis
The Hybrid black poplar is a variety of our wild Black poplar that can be seen along riversides, roadsides and in parks. Used for ornamental planting and timber, it has become naturalised in the UK.

Species information


Height: up to 30m

Conservation status

Introduced, non-native species.

When to see

January to December


The Hybrid black poplar is cross between our native Black poplar and the American eastern cottonwood that originated in France in the 18th century. There are various cultivated varieties that have been grown for ornamental planting and timber production, and have also become naturalised. This tree can now be seen along riversides, roadsides and in parks.

How to identify

Taller and straighter than the native Black Poplar, the Hybrid black poplar has slightly rounder leaves that are dark green above and pale below, giving the tree a silvery appearance.



Did you know?

The 'Railway poplar' is a cultivar of the Hybrid black poplar, so-named because it is the most frequently planted variety alongside railways.

How people can help

The Wildlife Trusts record and monitor our local wildlife to understand the effects of various factors on their populations, such as the introduction of new species. You can help with this vital monitoring work by becoming a volunteer - you'll not only help local wildlife but learn new skills and make new friends along the way.