Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra 'Italica') [2 of 2]

The bark starts smooth but as the tree ages it soon takes on this rugged appearance, quite often black at the base but much greyer higher up. The ruggedness helps lichens to readily colonise it.

The wood is virtually useless for timber as it is riddled with knots and that is probably why they usually get the chance to grow so big and tall.

Both in winter in silhouette like this or in summer dressed in shimmering pale green leaves, they are a lovely sight.

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