Populus nigra (fastigiate cultivars)
The fastigiate cultivars of P. nigra are planted as amenity trees in parks and large gardens, and as screens and windbreaks in the countryside. Although conspicuous as landscape features, the cultivars are single-sex clones and are always planted. Lowland.
A number of fastigiate cultivars are widely planted, including the narrowly fastigiate male `Italica`, the slightly broader male `Plantierensis` and the much broader female `Gigantea`. `Italica`, the true Lombardy-poplar, originated in N. Italy and was introduced to Britain in 1758 and was recorded in the wild by 1886. The distribution of these cultivars is probably stable, but they are unevenly recorded.
The fastigiate cultivars of P. nigra are of garden origin.
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