Tree to 12 m or so tall. Bark grey-green. Twigs angular and red-brown, the branchlets on trees growing in Melbourne tend to become sinuous and contorted. Buds sticky. Leaves rhombic to elliptic, 6-10 cm long, 4-8 cm wide. Leaf stalk red at least at first, mostly 1-4 cm long, shiny green above, whitish below, margin finely round-toothed; yellowish brown in autumn.
Specimens ACT: Australian National University (2 trees at Fenner School of Environment and Society & 1 tree at the Vice Chancellors residence St Edmund's College, Griffith. NSW: Sydney (Royal Botanic Garden Sydney). VIC: Melbourne (Kings Domain, West of Shrine)
Source: (1997). Salicaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Simon's Rust-free Poplar Fastigiate with thinner, less angular branchlets and smaller leaves with a shorter leaf stalk.
ACT: Australian National University (2 specimens growing quite well at the southern end of South Oval).