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Populus ciliata Wall. Ex. Royle

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Populus ciliata Wall. Ex. Royle. Family


Populus ciliata Wall. Ex. Royle. English Name

Himalayan Poplar

Populus ciliata Wall. Ex. Royle. Local Name


Populus ciliata Wall. Ex. Royle

Populus ciliata Wall. Ex. Royle. Description

A large, deciduous tree 18 to 21 m tall, with diameters of 60 to 80 cm. The trunk is erect and the crown spreading. The leaves are simple, 7.5 to 17.5 cm long. It is dioecious. The male catkins are 7.5 to 10 cm long and the female catkins are 15 to 30 cm long. Flowering and seed production occurs between March and June. It has no observed insect or disease problems in Pakistan. It does not coppice except when young. It is reproduced from seed and by vegetative means. The seed is small with long silky hairs, light and wind disseminated. Viability is low. It is relatively fast growing. Yields of 6 to 13 m3/ha/yr have been recorded. Sapwood is white, heartwood pale to brownish grey with very fine, straight, even textured Grains having specific gravity of 0.46 and a calorific value of 5900 kcal/kg.

Populus ciliata Wall. Ex. Royle

Populus ciliata Wall. Ex. Royle. Distribution

The tree is native to the Subcontinent, North and Central Asia, and North America. In Pakistan it grows in Azad Kashmir, Northern Areas, Gilgit, Murree Hills, Hazara, Swat, Dir, Chitral and Tirah. An intolerant tree that grows best on deep moist soils but can grow on a variety of sites and soils including rocky exposed, land slide areas. It also grows best on alluvium, Stream beds and/or sandy loams. It is adapted to a precipitation zone of 750 to 1250 mm/yr or more, in a temperature range of -20 to 35°C. It prefers a humid, semi-arid cool, cold temperature, climate.

Populus ciliata Wall. Ex. Royle

Populus ciliata Wall. Ex. Royle. Uses

This tree has the potential to control erosion on steep hillsides. It should be used in problem watersheds, because of its growth rate and ease of reproduction. It is a component of the coniferous forest and can be easily regenerated by cuttings. It is also useful for controlling stream bank erosion and land slide areas. Also used as fuel, packing cases and crates, matches, erosion control and reforestation, plywood, pulp, and fodder.

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