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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucasade View Post
    A DNA test found the descendant of the tree used growing near Portsmouth.
    Bet that was an interesting episode of Jeremy Kyle....

    How difficult is it to ascertain whether a wood sample is populus tremula or nigra?

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    True p. nigra (not one of the hybrids like the Lombardy poplar Del mentioned) is one of the rarest trees in Britain - it is believed there are only about 7,000 trees, about 600 female and mostly clones so genetic diversity is a major issue for restocking. Therefore a sample is almost certain, if cut in this country, to be p. tremula. On the other hand, planting of p. nigra is very much encouraged so if you can find some then plant your own in some spot you'll have future access to (in a hedgerow by some ancient woodland near water would be ideal), start pollarding it after about 15-20 years and get your own lifetime's supply! The problem apparently is that it mostly grows on floodplains and river management practices for the last 300 years have not been amenable to it.

    To answer your question, the bark of p. nigra is darker than p. tremula and the new growth is downy. To tell the difference if you just have an arrow blank you'd probably need to consult a botanist.

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    Of course I can't find my book at the moment, but this has a bit more info:

    Native Black Poplar - Populus Nigra Betulifolia Chew Valley Trees

    http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/fcin057.pdf/$FILE/fcin057.pdf

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