Populus nigra 'Italica'
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Populus nigra 'Italica'
COMMON NAME(S): Lombardy poplar, Black poplar
FAMILY: SALICACEAE - Willow family
CHARACTERISTICS: Bark is thin and easily damaged, branches grow mostly upright and will not droop; no thorns
LEAVES: Alternate, simple, 2-4" long, crenate to serrate margins, deltoid; bright green, yellow fall color
FLOWERS: Red, not showy
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring
FRUITS: Capsules containing small seeds with cotton-like tuft of hair
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Pollen oil (oleoresins),pollen proteins
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological, respiratory
COMMENTS: In rare cases, the oil contained in the pollen of these trees has caused a skin rash and blistering. The airborne pollen does contribute to the misery of hay fever sufferers. The Eastern cottonwood, P. deltoides Marsh., is the most common in the southeastern United States.