Unusual seedlings sprouts in the lawn
QPlease could you tell me what this plant is? It keeps appearing in my friend’s garden on her lawn.
AThe tree in question is white poplar (Populus nivea). A native of Western and Central Eurasia, including Britain, and Tunisia, it’s the whitestleaved tree we have and, if left, can reach a height of 60ft (20m).
It is an attractive plant, the young twigs covered in white down for the first couple of years of their life. The leaves are also very pale, the trunk grey and when seen from a distance it can look as though it is covered in snow.
However, it is notorious for suckering, and a tree several metres from one’s garden can be a menace when its roots spread beneath lawns and borders and then send up scores of annoying sucker shoots.
The best way to remove these is to ‘burn’ them off with Weedol Ultra Tough. Based on glyphosate and pyraflufenethyl, it effectively kills these intruders.