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Wet Soil: High

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: High

Populus nigra ‘Italica’ commonly known as Lombardy poplar was first discovered in Lombardy, Italy in the 18th century. It is a male clone of the black poplar species and is highly regarded for its narrow shape.

The ‘Italica’ variety of Populus nigra has an extremely upright habit which will stand out in any landscape. The tree features a single straight trunk with upward facing branches that contribute to its slender and striking profile. Its foliage is comprised of large, diamond to broad triangular leaves. These emerge a brown-green in spring, turn a fresh green in summer and transitioning to yellowish-green in autumn. Autumn foliage make a stunning view against the skyline as the wind breaks.

Commonly used as a specimen tree in parks, large gardens and driveways. Its slender form can create an impressive display when used to frame entrances.

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12m high x 4m wide after 25 years


Will do well in parks, coastal areas and as a solitary tree in urban areas. Great wind barrier.


Narrow, columnar crown with a straight trunk and upright branches. Crown will broaden as tree matures.


Leaves are diamond to broad triangular shaped and alternate. Brownish-green in spring turning to green in summer then yellowish-green in autumn.


Produces male drooping catkins in spring.


Likes nutritious, calcareous, deep, moist soils. Resistant to sea wind, frost and salt. Needs lots of space both above and below the ground.

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