Populus nigra var. italica Münchh., Hausvater 5: 229 1770. (syn: Populus dilatata Ait.; Populus fastigiata Poir.; Populus italica (Münchh.) Moench; Populus nigra var. italica Du Roi; Populus nigra var. italica Münchh.;  Populus nigra subsp. pyramidalis Čelak.; Populus nigra var. pyramidalis (Salisb.) Spach; Populus pyramidalis Salisb.) as per Catalogue of life
Europe (I), European Russia (I), Northern Caucasus (I), Japan (I), Australia (I)
(Victoria (I)), China (Fujian, Hebei, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Nei Mongol, Shaanxi,
Sichuan), Ryukyu Isl. (I), Pakistan (I), Jammu & Kashmir (I), South Africa
(I), Lesotho (I)
as per Catalogue of life
 
The tree with tall habit, narrow crown; long shoots with larger deltoid leaves usually broader than long; shorter shoots with smaller rhombic-ovate leaves; petiole 3-6 cm long; male catkins 5-8 cm long with 15-30 stamens; female catkin 5-10 cm long with glabrous ovary.
Populus nigra L. is indigenous to Europe and Central and Western Asia. The variety italica is however found in different parts of the world including India.

A key is presented below to differentiate the variety italica with the typical nigra.

A. A. Crown broad; leaf blade of long shoots and short branchlets uniformly shaped, rhombic,rhombic-ovate, or deltoid … var. nigra

A’. Crown narrow, cylindrical; leaves of branches and long shoots broadly triangular to triangular-ovate; leaves of short branchlets rhombic-deltoid or rhombic-ovate ... var. italica


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Populus nigra L., Sp. Pl. 1034. 1753
syn: Populus nigra var. italica (Moench) Koehne; Populus italica Moench, 
The famous popular of Kashmir forming great avenues often seen in older movies.
The tree with tall habit, narrow crown; long shoots with larger deltoid leaves usually broader than long; shorter shoots with smaller rhombic-ovate leaves; petiole 3-6 cm long; male catkins 5-8 cm long with 15-30 stamens; female catkin 5-10 cm long with glabrous ovary.


This is basically Populus nigra L. var. italica Du Roi.
This variety was introduced in different parts of the World during 1700 propagated through cuttings (Bailey,1935)*. This variety probably organized in Western Asia and had been under cultivation for long period in the Kashmir Himalaya and North-West part of India (Parker 1918)#. This variety is common in cultivation than that of  P. nigra L.
My next post will show how var. italica differs from the typical nigra which is also found in FOC (http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200005688).
*Bailey, L.H. 1935. The Standard Cyclopaedia of Horticulture. The Mcmillan and Co. New York ( Rep. ed. ) 3: 2753-2765; 3050-3055.
# Parker, R.N. 1918. A Forest Flora for the Punjab with Hazara and Delhi, Government Printing Press, Lahore, Punjab. (1st edition) Salicaceae pp. 500-511.

Thanks …, I somehow ignored Flora of China, which I otherwise rely a lot.


Populus nigra L. is indigenous to Europe and Central and Western Asia. The variety italica is however found different parts of the world including India.

A key is presented below to differentiate the variety italica with the typical nigra.

A.   A. Crown broad; leaf blade of long shoots and short branchlets uniformly shaped,    rhombic,rhombic-ovate, or deltoid ……… var. nigra

A’.  Crown narrow, cylindrical; leaves of branches and long shoots broadly triangular to triangular-ovate; leaves of short branchlets rhombic-deltoid or rhombic-ovate .… var.  italica

The pictures of leaves should help in this case.


 

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Populus nigra from Kashmir : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).

Populus nigra L. (Syn: P. italica (Munch.) Moench.), the Lombardy poplar, favourite part of many old movie scenes. Photographed on way to Gulmarg near Patan on June 19, 2010.Common names:

English: Black poplar, Lombardy poplar
Chinese: Hei yang
French:  Peuplier noir
German: Schwarz-Pappel
Hindi: Safeda
Kashmir: Frast 


A reply from another thread:

This is basically Populus nigra L. var. italica Du Roi. This variety was introduced in different parts of the World during 1700 propagated through cuttings ( Bailey,1935 )*. This variety probably organized in Western Asia and had been under cultivation for long period in the Kashmir Himalaya and North-West part of India (Parker 1918)#. This variety is common in cultivation than that of P. nigra L.
My next post will show how var. italica differs from the typical nigra which is also found in FOC (http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200005688).
*Bailey, L.H. 1935. The Standard Cyclopaedia of Horticulture. The Mcmillan and Co. New York ( Rep. ed. ) 3: 2753-2765; 3050-3055.
# Parker, R.N. 1918. A Forest Flora for the Punjab with Hazara and Delhi, Government Printing Press, Lahore, Punjab. (1st edition) Salicaceae pp. 500-511. 


Populus nigra var. italica enhances the beauty of the roadside.
In Flagstaff, Arizona this is one of the predominating “Avenue Tree”.


Very nice to know about this avenue tree.


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Salicaceae (including Flacourtiaceae) Fortnight: Populus pamirica from Kashmir-GSFEB-12 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Populus pamirica Kom.

Ladakh poplar, collected from Forest Nursery, Tangmarg, Kashmir.


This is not Populus pamirica. May be some cultivars of P. nigra var. italica as the leaves are quite similar with that.
I attached picture of P. pamirica for showing the differences.


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HP, Oct 2014 :: Requesting ID :: ARKNOV-54 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Requesting to please provide ID of this tree captured near Manikaran, HP in October 2014, if possible, considering that it is a long shot and was clicked from a moving vehicle.
It looked a bit different than all the surrounding vegetation and hence clicked the pic out of curiosity. This must have been cultivated as it was seen in the premises of a bungalow.
Is it some Populus species?


Populus nigra var. italica I hope


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