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Balsam Poplar vs Horse Chestnut

Populus balsamifera

Aesculus hippocastanum

Balsam Poplar
Horse Chestnut

Balsam Poplar is a hardy, fast-growing deciduous tree.

Native to Canada east of the Rockies, this large, upright's seedlings are grown from cuttings.

Sometimes they are a male clone, so they don't produce fluff. Other times, the collection was from both male and female trees and there is some fluff produced.

Horse Chestnut is a medium sized deciduous tree that is native to Greece but has been grown in North America for hundreds of years. Produces large nuts and both nuts and foliage have many medicinal uses.

BALSAM POPLAR QUICK FACTS

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: see description
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: golden yellow
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: medium
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high

In row spacing: 2.4 - 3 m (8 - 10 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)


Toxicity: raw Horse Chestnut seed, leaf, bark and flower is toxic if ingested due to the presence of esculin.



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