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Blowin
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd agree with all the 'what it's nots' but am surprised by the reference to Poplar? Are there many varieties, Tippben? To me, a poplar has the distinctive branches that all grow upwards at 30-45 degrees from the main trunk and have some fable attached to them about harbouring someone in times gone by.

The picture of the small branch looks very similar to a blackcurrant but it's obviously not that. Is there not a boffin at UCC that could offer an opinion?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naaah, the moderator hasn't stepped in yet.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Blowin, there are many varieties of poplar. You are referring to the Lombardy Poplar, P. nigra "Italica", but there are 10 pages of poplars listed in Cassell's Trees of Britain an northern Europe.

Apart from the Lombardy, the most common ones are P. tremula (Aspen), P. alba (White Poplar), which are both native, P. x canescens (Grey Poplar), and there are a good few P. candicans "aurora", Balsam poplar, which has pinkish variegated leaves, due to it's brief popularity in the 1990s, until people realized about the sucker problem.

Because poplars propagate by cloning easily, it mutates easily. There are literally hundreds of commercial cultivars bred for speed of growth, as the wood is used for pallets, matchsticks, wood pellets and paper, among other things.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that. Something learned every day.
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