Populus balsamifera (Balsam Poplar)
Also known as: Tacamahac
Native: A large area across the north of North America
Location: Occasionally planted for ornament in European collections and gardens.
Often half the height in Britain.
Leaves are round or slightly heart-shaped at the base, round toothed and pointed, dark green above, paler beneath. Commonly forms many suckers and winter buds are covered by a thick resin which has a balsam smell.
Flowers open in March, male bright red about 7.5cm long, females greenish 10-12.5cm long.
No sample available
Fruit capsules have two valves and form a cluster 20-30cm long.