Tree to c. 30 m high; bark greyish to white, becoming fissured; young shoots glabrous or glabrescent. Buds narrowly ovoid, acuminate, viscid. Leaves broadly ovate to triangular, mostly 4–12 cm long, slightly wider than long, glabrous, slightly discolorous, dull green above; apex acuminate; base truncate or shallowly cordate, rarely broadly cuneate, sometimes with 1 or 2 glands near the midvein; margins serrate with gland-tipped teeth. Catkins appearing before leaves; catkin-scales broadly ovate, laciniate. Male catkins 7–15 cm long; stamens 15–25(–40), anthers crimson. Female catkins to 27 cm long in fruit. Capsule c. 8 mm long, dehiscing via 2 or 3 valves. Flowers spring.
*GipP, *Gold. A cultivated hybrid between P. deltoides Marshall and P. nigra, and often very difficult to distinguish from parent species. Widely planted in and around Guildford, with plants becoming naturalised along the banks of the Loddon River.
Like P. nigra, this species is usually grown from male clones, hence female plants might not be present in Victoria.
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