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Cultural Details for Populus nigra 'Afghanica'

Common Name:
Theves Poplar

Growth Rate:
A tall and very narrow spire-like tree, used primarily as a sharp vertical accent or in a row as a very tall screen; fast growing

Average Mature Height:
60'

Average Mature Width:
15'

Flower Details:

Fruit Details:

Fall Color:
Yellow

Bark Details:
The bark of older trunks is nearly white

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Notably more disease resistant than the Lombardy poplar and a better selection.

Native Habitat:
Cultivated throughout southeastern Europe

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
An amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1185, 1187

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu