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Balsam Poplar vs Black Cottonwood

Populus balsamifera

Populus trichocarpa



(new stock expected: fall of 2020)

Balsam Poplar
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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.

Named after its white, fluffy seeds with cottony hairs, the Black Cottonwood is the largest of the North American poplars.

The Black Cottonwood's trunk has a straight growth pattern as well as sticky, fragrant buds.

Historically, the waxy resin inside these buds have been used by First Nations people to treat sore throats, coughs and lung infections.

Black Cottonwoods need ample moisture and nutrients to grow successfully and are typically found west of the Rocky Mountains.



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Zone: 2a
Zone: 5a
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