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Balsam Poplar
Balm of Gillead Poplar
Catalogue A# 2001-008 Z66
GPS 45D 43' 49" N / 108D 37' 26" W

Populus balsamifera

Family: Salicaceae

Origin: North America, common to Alberta

Common name: Balsam Poplar

Location: Along pathway-Bear Meadows, Lynx east viewing

Number in accession: 7

Non-accessioned trees growing in other parts of arboretum

Note: Identified by bark growth

​This 16 inch Balsam poplar provides overall benefits of: $126 every year. 

Tree or Plant Type: Tree
        Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
        Native Locale:  North America
        Landscape Uses: Shade tree, Specimen
        Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
Mature Height: 75-100 feet
Mature Width: 50-75 feet
        Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
        Hardiness Zones: Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 , Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
        Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil, Wet soil
        Acid Soils: Tolerant
        Alkaline Soils: Tolerant
        Salt Spray: Tolerant
        Soil Salt: Intolerant
        Drought Conditions: Tolerant
        Poor Drainage: Tolerant
        Planting Considerations: Highly susceptible to ice damage, Roots prone to invading sewer pipes, Weak wood and branch structure
        Ornamental Interest: Attractive bark
        Season of Interest: Early fall
        Flower Color & Fragrance: Inconspicuous
        Shape or Form: Irregular, Pyramidal, Round
        Growth Rate: Fast
        Transplants Well: Yes
        Wildlife: Mammals, Sapsuckers, Songbirds


Poplar can be a large, fast-growing tree found growing along streams, rivers, and lowland areas. It is native to eastern North America through the Midwest. Due to its large size, weak wood, and penetrating roots, it is best used on large properties away from residential areas.  

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