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Balsam Poplar, Balm of Gilead
Scientific Name: Populus balsamifera L.
Synonym: Populus tacamahaca, Populus candicans, Populus michauxii
Family: Salicaceae
Balsam Poplar, Balm of Gilead (Populus  balsamifera)
Populus balsamifera, Lynden Gerdes. USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester, PA. Courtesy of USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 3-10

Heat Tolerance: A good species for the lower deserts, if water use is not a concern

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Northern and central North America

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, 40 to 60 feet tall (12-18 m) or more, 20 to 30 feet spread (6-9 m); bark on young tree is green, becoming grey, furrowed, as the tree ages; triangular leaves, 4.4 to 6 inches long (11-15 cm), 3 to 4 inches wide (7.5-10 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular deep watering

Propagation: Cuttings, abundant suckers

The species epithet "balsamifera" comes from the Latin for "balsam bearing", because of its sticky, resinous, and strongly aromatic buds. The resin of the buds has been used medicinally.
Populus brayshawii is a hybrid of Populus angustifolia Populus balsamifera

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 1: 588.

Blooming Habits:
Dioecious. The male trees bear smaller catkins, than the female trees.

Fruiting Habits:

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