balsam poplar - Salicaceae Populus balsamifera

Taxonomy

FamilySalicaceae
GenusPopulus
Speciesbalsamifera
Common Namebalsam poplar
iTree CodePOBA2

Plant Form

FormTree: conical crown
Height80 feet
Spread30 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliageleaves are ovate and finely serrate. Dark green above and white beneath. 3-6" longLeaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
Barkdark and furrowed when older, the younger bark exhibits lenticels and is a gray-green.
Budlarge, sharply pointed with overlapping scales (imbricate); releasing a red, fragrant resin when crushedBud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twigred/gray to brown/orange
Flowercatkins, quit long and greenish yellow; both male and female on separate trees (dioecious)
Fruitcapsule is 2 valved
Fall Coloryellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min2aMin5.0SoilModerate
Max5bMax8.0SprayHigh

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntermediateModerateYes

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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