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Care of the plant Populus alba or White poplar.

Care of the plant Populus alba or White poplar

The genus Populus, family Salicaceae, includes 40 species of trees native to cold and temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Some species are: Populus alba, Populus nigra, Populus tremula, Populus mexicana, Populus tremuloides, Populus deltoides, Populus lasiocarpa.

Common names: White poplar, Silver poplar, Abele or Silverleaf poplar. This species is native to Morocco but is distributed throughout Europe and Central Asia.

They are fast growing dioecious deciduous trees with columnar bearing that reach 30 meters in height. The bark is whitish gray. The leaves have 5 lobes, the edge is serrated and are bright green on the hay and tomentose on the underside. The flowers are hanging catkins that have no decorative interest; appear before the leaves.

They are used to fix riverbanks, next to ponds and water courses, as isolated specimens and in groups in the garden. They should not be planted near buildings due to their powerful roots.

Populus alba needs full sun or light shade exposure. They resist frost well.

They grow in any type of soil (even limestone, poor or clay soils) but prefer deep soils that contain abundant organic matter.

Water frequently so that the substrate is always damp. They do not resist drought.

Fertilize with organic and mineral fertilizer at the time of planting (in autumn or spring) and with organic matter every year in spring.

Prune the suckers that it can produce at the base.

They can be attacked by mealybugs, aphids and caterpillars especially if they suffer from drought.

They are propagated by apical cuttings in summer and by separation of suckers in spring.

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