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Balsam Poplar vs Silver Leaf Willow

Populus balsamifera

Salix alba sericea

Balsam Poplar
Silver Leaf Willow

Balsam Poplar is a hardy, fast-growing deciduous tree that is Native to Canada east of the Rockies.

We grow them in two variations. Sometimes they are a male clones, so they don't produce fluff. Other times, we grow them from seed, which will result in fluff. The detailed descriptions (see below) will tell you which is which.

Native to North America, Silver Leaf Willow has orangish bark and long, silvery grey leaves. Bees and other insects are attracted to its flowers.

Popular as an ornamental tree for parks, it is also used as a shelterbelt species. It may not be as cold hardy as some of the other willow varieties, however.

BALSAM POPLAR QUICK FACTS

SILVER LEAF WILLOW QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: see description
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: golden yellow
Bark: yellow-brown
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: high
Suckering: medium
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high

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

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: bam, bamtree, eastern balsam poplar, hackmatack, tacamahac
Other Names: white willow


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes