|Populus alba is a large deciduous tree, usually grows 40 to 70 feet in height. A very broad, spreading tree, uneven rounded crown. Spreads by root suckers. Bark is green-gray to whitish, black fissures develop at the base of old trunks. The leaves are dark green on top, whitish and downy, below. Fall color is yellowish, not remarkable, flowers are inconspicuous. Does well under many conditions, prefers moist loam, salt spray tolerant and pollution tolerant. Prune in summer.
Subject to many diseases: many cankers, gall, leaf blister, borers and others. Roots are known for finding their way to plumbing, and old septic systems. Not really recommended for small residential properties. Native to Europe and Siberia, has naturalized in North America.