Deciduous, from eastern Asia.
There are 35 diverse species of poplar, ranging across the northern hemisphere. These come from China.
They are fast-growing trees, growing to 30m, that can stand drought and cold.
Trunks are heavily branched, leading to wide crowns. The bark becomes rougher as the trees get older.
Their flowers are arranged in slim cylindrical clusters called ‘catkins.’
The leaves are unpalatable to possums, but are used as fodder for livestock.
Chinese poplars are sometimes planted for soil conservation as they can stabilise steep slopes.