Poplar and Aspen Trees

    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.