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Balsam Poplar vs American Bladdernut

Populus balsamifera

Staphylea trifolia

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Balsam Poplar
American Bladdernut

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.

American Bladdernut is a fast-growing, ornamental shrub native to eastern North America. It can be grown as a large shrub or trained as a small tree. The small, drooping, white flowers are bell-shaped and grow in clusters. They appear in mid to late spring, attracting various pollinators. Well suited as an understory plant as it prefers shady and partial sun location with moist soils.

The blossoms mature into papery seed capsules and have been described as miniature Japanese lanterns. They are commonly used in dried flower arrangements. The seeds found within the pods are edible, and have a taste similar to pistachios. They can be eaten raw, used in baking or made into a sweet cooking oil.

Care should be taken when planting American Bladdernut, as it can spread quickly. It is prone to suckering and will self-seed. Plant the right tree in the right place.

BALSAM POPLAR QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN BLADDERNUT QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: shade, partial shade
Fuzz/fluff: see description
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: golden yellow
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Suckering: medium
Suckering: medium

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