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Birch tree vs. White poplar

Posted by leenda z5 KC (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 12, 11 at 11:23

I recently bought a house in Lawrence, KS and have in the yard a white barked tree, probably 70 ft tall, in my back yard. When I first saw it, there was lots of leaves on the upper branches. By the time I moved in, it had already dropped its leaves so I didn't get a chance to see the foliage. It stands alone at the top of a hill ... no apparent runners or suckers. The bark at the base is fairly dark and rough but the growth further up is smooth, white w/ dark striations. The bottom branches seem to be dying off.

I was thinking it might be a birch but a friend said it's probably a white or silver poplar.

Any clue on how to tell the difference?

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RE: Birch tree vs. White poplar

Need some photos!

Are there any old leaves still lying around? White Poplar has lobed leaves, birch doesn't.


RE: Birch tree vs. White poplar

Is it growing wild or was it planted by somebody?

RE: Birch tree vs. White poplar

if you cant find a stray leaf.. you arent trying too hard.. lol ..

hit the link ...

review pix ...

insert birch or white birch..


let us know..

otherwise.. get us a pic when it leafs out


Here is a link that might be useful: link

RE: Birch tree vs. White poplar

As a nurseryman in the immediate area, I'll throw out a WAG that it's a good ol' garden variety cottonwood. or mebbe even a sycamore.

The OP is more than welcome to contact me thru the Garden Web e-mail.


RE: Birch tree vs. White poplar

  • Posted by dsieber z5 Lakewood CO (My Page) on
    Fri, Jan 14, 11 at 22:40

70 ft is very for a white birch. but more data is required

RE: Birch tree vs. White poplar

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Jan 15, 11 at 15:34

Most white-barked birch species, of the kinds commonly grown get taller than that - under suitable conditions.

RE: Birch tree vs. White poplar

Considering the height, dark & rough at the bottom but white at the top sounds like sycamore.


RE: Birch tree vs. White poplar

I don't think leenda is coming back with any photos that will help determine what the tree is. Leenda? are you still there?

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