One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A black poplar of a variety which has a distinctive tall, slender columnar form. It arose as a mutation in Italy and is widely cultivated.
Populus nigra variety italica, family Salicaceae
- ‘The village in Virginia which was our home consisted of two sleepy streets lined with Lombardy poplars, creeping between a slow-moving river and silent, brooding hills.’
- ‘He personally designed and supervised the planting of Lombardy poplars along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House, in what Choukas-Bradley called ‘the first Washington street treeplanting on record.’’
- ‘White fringe trees flanked the central steps and fountain terraces, and Lombardy poplars added vertical accents in the Italian taste.’
Lombardy poplar/ˈlämˌbärdē ˈpäplər/
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