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Balsam Poplar vs Black Cottonwood

Populus balsamifera

Populus trichocarpa

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Balsam Poplar
Black Cottonwood

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.

Black Cottonwood is the largest and tallest of the North American poplars. Named after its white, fluffy seeds with cottony hairs, this hardy tree produces sticky, fragrant buds and has a straight growth habit. Black Cottonwood needs ample moisture and nutrients to grow successfully to full height and are found in the Western provinces and the Yukon with BC being its heartland.

BALSAM POPLAR QUICK FACTS

BLACK COTTONWOOD QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 4a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 30 m (100 ft)
Spread: 11 m (35 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: see description
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: golden yellow
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: medium
Suckering: medium
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: balsam cottonwood, california poplar, western balsam poplar


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