About 35 species of deciduous, fast growing, dioecious trees. Leaves alternate, often ovate to laceolate, entire or dentate. Flowers appear before leaves in pendulous catkins, male catkins denser than female. Fruit is a 2-4 valved capsule containing miniature seeds. Native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa and North America.
Populus: the Latin name.
Salicaceae (Willow Family)