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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.
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.
The wood of the Japanese Poplar is used in making matchsticks, boxes, and pulp, and exclusively in Japan for stabilizing stream banks and stand.
- Trees, pg. 169