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Poplar

Populus

Family: Salicaceae

Black Poplar Tree
Location:
  • Northern Hemisphere
Characteristics:
  • may form extensive forests on barren, burned, or cleared areas
  • rapid-growing
  • short-lived
  • bark is distinctly smooth; greenish-white when young, and dark-furrowed when older
Black Poplar Leaf
Leaves:
Fruit:
  • long, clustered caterpillar-like catkins
  • often release cottony seeds
  • sexes are on separate trees
Black Poplar Bark
Uses:

A piece of this dried softwood can be used to construct the fireboard of a bow drill, useful for igniting a pile of tinder. A section of green twig from this tree can be used as an old-fashioned toothbrush. Dead poplar trunks can provide a warm winter bed. The leaves can be boiled to produce lime-yellow dye for fabric.


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