A hardwood tree, Populus nigra, of the willow family native to Europe. Classified as a black poplar because of its bark color, the English poplar produces a soft, lightweight wood that is easy to work. The yellowish white wood has a fine, uniform grain but it is prone to warping. It is primarily used for paneling, light construction, packing crates and paper pulp. A yellowish dye can be extracted from the fresh leaves of the poplar. On wool, it produces a brass color with a chrome mordant and a yellow-brown color with an alum mordant. The extract does not dye cotton.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Populus nigra; peuplier noir (Fr.); álamo negro (Esp.); choupo negro (Port.); pioppo nero (It.); lack poplar; Lombardy poplar