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Poplar and Aspen Trees

Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)

Family: Salicaceae or Willow (Poplar)

Leaves: Ovate to lanceolate; 3" to 6" long, 2" to 4" wide; pointed tip; rounded base; finely serrate margin; dark green above, paler beneath; petiole round, slender, long.

General: Some sources show this as native to extreme northeast Utah (confused with black cottonwood?); at any rate uncommon.

Landscape Use: Not planted and no cultivars available. Zones 2-5.

Comments and Limitations:
- Weak wood and/or branch structure.
- Prefers abundant water.

Balsam Poplar