Balsam Poplar (plug)
Availability is based on anticipated survival and growth, actual availability may change due to variations in stock development during the growing season.
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We warranty our seedlings, trees and shrubs to be true to name and to be healthy at the time of pickup or shipping. Concerns must be expressed at the time of receipt. Our total liability is limited to the purchase price of the seedlings only.
25 metres (80 feet)
Size: 30 cm+
Appearance: Notable for its pointed, shiny, oval-shaped leaves and resin-dotted undersides. Apart from other native poplars, this species has sticky, fragrant buds that smell of balsam. Male trees flower in long, hanging catkins before the leaves appear and female trees disperse fluffy seeds into the air in late spring. Bark has flat gray scaly ridges at maturity.
Site and soils: Prefers moist soils; full sun; Prefers rich, well-drained soil. Grows with alders, willows, balsam fir, black spruce, white spruce, white birch or in stands.
Rural plantings: Can provide a quick “nurse crop” for shade-tolerant species needing wind protection to get established, such as hemlock or white pine.
Urban settings: Often planted as a fast-growing windbreak in rural areas and does not root sucker as readily as other species.
Native to: Ontario
All our plants are grown from local seed sources on our nursery in Kemptville.
Bareroot seedling stock ranges in size from 15cm to 1m in height, stock may be sorted and sold by size depending on species and stock development. The minimum grading size is identified in the description.
We do on occasion purchase seed from other areas for purpose grown trees such as Balsam and Fraser Fir for Christmas trees where no local seed sources are available.
Our plants are suitable and hardy for planting in areas throughout Eastern and Central Ontario from Toronto or North Bay eastward as well as southwestern Quebec. Our plants are hardy for other locations but optimal growth may not be met, for advice on moving stock to other locations please contact the nursery office.