Populus tremula L.

Sp. Pl. 2: 1034 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Round-headed tree to 10 m high; bark greyish green, smooth; young shoots glabrous or with simple hairs. Buds ovoid-globose, viscid. Leaves suborbicular, 3–8 cm long and wide, both surfaces ultimately glabrous, discolorous, dark green above, blue-grey below; apex rounded, often apiculate; base truncate, rounded or cordate; margins irregularly and bluntly sinuate-lobed; leaves on suckering stems much larger. Catkins appearing before leaves; catikin-scales broadly ovate, deeply-fringed. Male catkins 5–8 cm long; stamens 5–10, sometimes more; anthers crimson. Female catkins 4–6 cm long (to c. 10 cm in fruit). Capsule dehiscing via 2 valves. Flowers spring.

*CVU, *HSF. Native to northern Asia, Russia and Europe, sometimes persisting from old plantings in Victoria. Plants produce many suckers, forming large, dense clonal stands around parent trees.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-08-07
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Salicaceae
genus Populus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Populus tremula in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Populus tremula in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory