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Glendale, the grounds management company www.glendale-services.co.uk, have very kindly donated a black poplar tree to Ewell Court Park.
The species Populus Nigra ‘Italica’ is commonly called a Lombardy poplar. It is a male clone, propagated from cuttings taken in the Lombardy region of Italy in the 1700s. Introduced in the UK in 1758, it won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
The tree is very tall (maturing to over 20m), is tightly columnar and of uniform habit, and is good for specimen planting in parks. Planted together they are also useful as windbreaks or screens and can be seen lining mile after mile (or should that be kilometre after kilometre?) of French roads.
It is deciduous with bright green ovate leaves and crimson male catkins before the leaves open in early spring. (Folklore says that the bright red fallen catkins are called Devil’s fingers and bring bad luck if picked up - so BEWARE!)
Its fissured bark can appear black from a distance, hence the name.
The formal planting of the poplar was carried out by Glendale in October in the presence of Councillor Jean Smith and other park users. Jean Smith thanked Glendale for their kind donation and assistance in the planting.
Special Tree for Ewell Court