Part of aspen/cottonwood/poplar  genus Populus in willow  family Salicaceae.   Cultivar Populus nigra 'Italica' is known as the Lombardy Poplar.

Native to 🇪🇺 Europe, southwest and central Asia, and northwest Africa.  It was widely planted in North America.  Invasive > in USA+Canada Invasive > report it! Invasive > in USA Invasive > in Michigan

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Often grows in clonal colonies [1] —look around for other stems!

Learn more about 🇪🇺◼︎ European black poplar Populus nigra

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