simple, 3-5" long and 1/2 as wide, fine toothed edges, dark green above and pale below,
usually hairless, turns yellow in the
randomly orientated and flitter in the breeze like the real
poplars. Kind of shaped like a tulip.
poplar April to May before the leaves come out with 3-4" long
Fruit. May to June,
1/4" long, on the catkins.
Birds and small game eat the seeds.
Winter Buds. The
terminal buds are about 1" long, pointed, and fragrant when
crushed and sticky.
Bark. Twigs are
gray to brown. Trunk grayish on older trees, shallowly fissured
Wood. The wood of
balsam poplar is light, 26 pcf, soft, easily worked, weak, light
brown with white sapwood. Used for cheap wooden ware.
Pests. Very few
pests bother tulip poplar.
poplar has a fairly extensive range in the eastern US. Maine to
New York, Michigan to Nebraska and Alaska. In Michigan it's
found thorough the entire state . It is greater in size and more
abundant the farther north you go.
sprouts, can be propagated from cuttings, easy to transplant.
Good for a shelter tree where others won't survive.
Cultivars. Balm of Gilead