Amateur Gardening

Unusual seedlings sprouts in the lawn

- Gill Summerfiel­d (via email)

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.

 ??  ?? White poplar is an attractive tree but it spreads fast by suckering
White poplar is an attractive tree but it spreads fast by suckering

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