Large tree next to lake; starting to bloom (deciduous leaves collected from ground); 20 m tall.
North side of Weatherford Lake.
Closer observation of a tree observation I posted a little while ago.
I have yet to stop and get closer to this tree to verify the species but it is behind a fence and on the Cahuilla Indian Reservation. It is really majestic at any time of the year but quite colorful right now.
Addendum after walking to the tree: It is in the genus of Populus and I will add a closer observation.
Poplar growing on the banks of Merri Creek
Narrow glossy dark green leaves.
Leaves alternate, deciduous, oval, margins finely round. Spade shaped with serrated edges.
Salicaceae or the willow family (although they contain more than just the willow genus, Salix) is a family of flowering plants. Recent genetic studies summarized by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group has greatly expanded the circumscription of the family to contain 55 genera.