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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Populus x canescens.

Material uses

A fast growing tree, tolerant of salt winds, it can be grown in a shelterbelt[1]. Wood - soft, rather woolly in texture, without smell or taste, of low flammability, not durable, very resistant to abrasion[2].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, the bark of most, if not all members of the genus contain salicin, a glycoside that probably decomposes into salicylic acid (aspirin) in the body[3][4]. The bark is therefore anodyne, anti-inflammatory and febrifuge. It is used especially in treating rheumatism and fevers, and also to relieve the pain of menstrual cramps[4].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Canopy

Ecological Functions

Windbreak

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - must be sown as soon as it is ripe in spring[5]. Poplar seed has an extremely short period of viability and needs to be sown within a few days of ripening[1]. Surface sow or just lightly cover the seed in trays in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the cold frame. If sufficient growth is made, it might be possible to plant them out in late summer into their permanent positions, otherwise keep them in the cold frame until the following late spring and then plant them out. Most poplar species hybridize freely with each other, so the seed may not come true unless it is collected from the wild in areas with no other poplar species growing[2]. This species is a hybrid and will not come true from seed.

Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 20 - 40cm long, November/December in a sheltered outdoor bed or direct into their permanent positions. Very easy. Suckers in early spring[6]. Layering[1].

Root cuttings in winter[1].

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Cultivation

An easily grown plant, it does well in a heavy cold damp soil[7]. Prefers a deep rich well-drained circumneutral soil, growing best in the south and east of Britain[2][1]. Growth is much less on wet soils, on poor acid soils and on thin dry soils[2]. Plants are reasonably wind tolerant, though they do not grow well in exposed upland sites[2]. They also tolerate salt-laden winds but not saline soils[1]. They dislike shade and are intolerant of root or branch competition[1].

This species is a spontaneous natural hybrid, P. alba x P. tremula[1]. There are several named forms selected for their ornamental value[1]. Poplars have very extensive and aggressive root systems that can invade and damage drainage systems. Especially when grown on clay soils, they should not be planted within 12 metres of buildings since the root system can damage the building's foundations by drying out the soil[2]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[1].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Populus x canescens. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Populus x canescens.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Populus x canescens
Genus
Populus
Family
Salicaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
4
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? 1.001.011.021.031.041.051.061.071.081.091.101.11 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.62.7 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Weiner. M. A. Earth Medicine, Earth Food. Ballantine Books ISBN 0-449-90589-6 (1980-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.2 Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
  5. ? Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
  6. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  7. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)

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Belongs to familySalicaceae +
Belongs to genusPopulus +
Functions asWindbreak +
Has binomial namePopulus x canescens +
Has common nameGrey Poplar +
Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
Has environmental toleranceMaritime exposure + and High wind +
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Has flowers of typeDioecious +
Has hardiness zone4 +
Has lifecycle typePerennial +
Has material partUnknown part +
Has material useWood +
Has mature height30 +
Has mature width15 +
Has medicinal partUnknown part +
Has medicinal useAnodyne +, Antiinflammatory + and Febrifuge +
Has search namepopulus x canescens + and grey poplar +
Has shade toleranceNo shade +
Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
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Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
Has sun preferenceFull sun +
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