Populus balsamifera L.

Balsam Poplar, Hackmatack, Bamtree

Family: Salicaceae

Genus: Populus

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 2 - ?

Size: 75 to 100' tall

Exposure: Sun


Alternate leaves, dark green, shiny above, paler and blotchy orange below, pointed apex. Pyramidal with narrow crown. Moist to wet soils.


Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 1034 in 1753. Linnaeaus cites Catseby's Natural History Volume I Plate 34 but this is now believed to be a drawing of Populus heterophylla.

Native to Canada and the US.


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