//Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)
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Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)

Landscape Use:
Balsam poplars are best in rural landscapes where there is lots of room to grow.
An important reclamation plant.
The native stands of poplars are in decline because there are no floods to rejuvenate the river bottom soils and the grasses have invaded the flood plains, which restricts poplar growth.
Full sun to partial shade.
See Paskapoo Poplar for a good urban or smaller site landscape plant.

Special Conditions:
Poplars do not compete well with grasses, always plant into mulched beds.
Female poplars with their fluff seem to be unpopular.


Product Description

Tall poplar to 20m in height found along the river banks of the Bow River.
Young wood is red to orange, with large buds covered in resin.
Older wood grey, old bark is fissured.
Green glossy leaves have a distinct ‘balsam’ odor.
Female plants have their seed in cottony fluff.