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Populus maximowiczii
Populus-maximowiczii
P. maximowiczii
Conservation status
Taxonomy
Kingdom

Plantae

(unranked)

Angiosperms

(unranked)

Eudicots

(unranked)

Rosids

Order

Malpighiales

Family

Salicaceae

Tribe

Saliceae

Genus

Populus

Species

P. maximowiczii

Naming and discovery
Botanist

Henry

Populus maximowiczii (Japanese Poplar, Asian Poplar, Maximowicz's Poplar) is a species of flowering plant in the Salicaceae family. It is endemic to northeast Asia, in Russia, China, Korea, and Japan.

DescriptionEdit

The Japanese Poplar is a deciduous, dioeceous tree reaching up to 100 ft (30 m) tall. The bark is greenish-white in color, but with age will turn gray and fissure. The leaves are alternate and leathery, reaching 7-15 cm long. Because it is a dioeceous tree, separate individuals are male and female. The flowers of both genders are green without petals and hang on cylindrical catkins. The fruit is a capsule with fluffy seeds.

UsesEdit

The wood of the Japanese Poplar is used in making matchsticks, boxes, and pulp, and exclusively in Japan for stabilizing stream banks and stand.

It is commonly cultivated, being used in the Netherlands in parks, and used to create hybrids of Populus interamericana.

DiseasesEdit

The Japanese Poplar is very resistant to poplar rust (Melampsora larici-populina), but is susceptible to leaf spot disease (Marsonina brunnea) and canker (Xanthomonas populi).

NamingEdit

The species was named in honor of Russian botanist, Carl Maximowicz.

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