Populus is a genus of trees. Winter buds scaly, often sticky. Stipules (leaf-like appendages at the base of the leaf) often deciduous.
Leaves deciduous, egg-shaped to more-or-less triangular (deltoid). Margins toothed to lobed. Leaf stalk often flattened.
Flowers small, dull, in drooping catkins that mature before tree leafs out. Each flower set in a cup-shaped disk
Fruit a capsule containing numerous small, hairy seeds which are wind dispersed.