Other names: Silver Poplar, Silver-leaf Poplar and Abele
Scientific name: Populus tremuloides, populus alba
Arabic names: الحور الأبيض (al hooru l’abyad)
Rain Forest names:
Approximate number of species known: Populus (25-35) sometimes called aspen or cottonwood
Common parts used: Bark
Height: Up to 27 metres
Actions: Antibacterial, antiplatelet
Known Constituents: pyrocatechol and salicyl alcohol
Native to Spain and Morocco, Central Europe and Central Asia.
In North America it is considered a weed, and is banned in Connecticut.
The trunk is thick with a diameter of upto 1m. The White Poplar trunk has distinuighing diamond marks on it’s trunk. It needs goow light and moisture.
The roots can grow 20-30m from the tree. It has attractive green and white leaves which see it’s used as an ornamental tree, but it’s lengthy roots mean it can be troublesome.
It has a smooth bark greenish-white or greyish-white.
It can intervreed with the species populus tremula, and the hybrid is called Grey Poplar (populus x canescens). The hybrid can grow upto 40m, with a trunk upto 1.5m. Normally they are male trees, but very occasionally female.
The leaves are 4-15cm long with five lobes.
The flowers grow upto 8cm
A species of poplar closely related to the Aspens (more info)
Used for rheumatism. Used to stimulate digestive and liver function. Sometimes used as an astrigent for diarrhea.