Populus szechuanica var. tibetica at Parc Cefn Onn

Populus szechuanica var. tibetica 0

Populus szechuanica var. tibetica
late April 2015

Populus szechuanica var. tibetica 1

Populus szechuanica var. tibetica
early June 2015

Populus szechuanica var. tibetica 2

Populus szechuanica var. tibetica
early August 2015

Grid reference ST 17784 84042
Common name Tibetan poplar
Origin West China
Deciduous Yes
Status Glamorgan Champion 2013
Height 24M June 2015
Girth 170cm June 2015
Reference 213

This tree is in the lower park, beside the west path. Its foliage is high and out of reach.

Populus szechuanica var. tibetica bark

Populus szechuanica var. tibetica bark
April 2015

Populus szechuanica var. tibetica leaf

Populus szechuanica var. tibetica leaves
early August 2015

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.