|Grid reference||ST 17784 84042|
|Common name||Tibetan poplar|
|Status||Glamorgan Champion 2013|
|Height||24M June 2015|
|Girth||170cm June 2015|
This tree is in the lower park, beside the west path. Its foliage is high and out of reach.
General tree description
Populus szechuanica var. tibetica is a variant of the Sichuan poplar, Populus szechuanica, one of the balsam poplars (a group of poplar species notable for the balsam scent of their buds). The Sichuan poplar is a large tree, up to 40 metres in the wild but generally less in cultivation. Its bark is greyish-white, fissured toward the base of trunk but smooth above. It has large (up to 18cm by 15 cm), ovate leaves, whitish underneath, and with a reddish midrib. The Tibetan poplar has larger leaves than the species. The flowers are catkins up to 20cm or longer and the fruits are smooth ovoid capsules, 7 to 9mm.