Populus nigra ‘Italica’ (pop’-u-lus ni’-gra i-tal’i-ka)
Family: Salicaceae, Willow
- 1b – Alternate leaf arrangement — go to 18
Leaf: Triangular, often wider than long. Fine toothed. Flat petioles lack glands. Leaf margins are translucent.
Bud: Terminal bud not gummy. Lateral buds stick out. Reddish, elongated, curving outward. Lowermost bud scale is centered directly over the leaf scar of the lateral buds.
Stem: Round, smooth. Orange, changing to ash-gray the second year.
Bark: Thick, ridged and furrowed.
Flower: Usually only male catkins.
Fruit: None, usually no female plants.
Habit: Columnar. 10 feet wide up to 30-40 feet tall. Short trunk. Very fast growing and short-lived.
Culture: Prefers high moisture conditions.