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Balsam Poplar vs Butternut

Populus balsamifera

Juglans cinerea

Balsam Poplar
Butternut

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.

One of the few walnut varieties native to Canada. The wood from this attractive species is used in a lot of specialty products.

A self-fertile nut tree that has better yields with cross-pollination. The meat of the Butternut is very mild, sweet, and oily. Often sought after by nut hunters.

Butternut is intolerant of shade and poor draining soil. It can survive zone 2, but reliably produces nuts in zone 3. Butternut canker has decimated this species in its native range.

BALSAM POPLAR QUICK FACTS

BUTTERNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2b
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Spread: 8 m (27 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: see description
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: golden yellow
Nuts: brown shell with cream core starting around age 10
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium

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

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)





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