Also spelled Populus jackii, and also called Populus gileadensis.

Native to nowhere, this is a hybrid between sister-species balsam poplar  Populus balsamifera × eastern cottonwood  Populus deltoides,  both part of aspen/​cottonwood/​poplar  genus Populus in willow  family Salicaceae.   The hybrid occurs occasionally in nature.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
Other uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Populus hosts caterpillars of 367 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  This plant is also known to be a host for (in areas where invasive) 🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula.

Often grows in clonal colonies [1] — look around for other stems!

Is sometimes planted as a ⛱ shade tree.

Learn more about balm of Gilead Populus × jackii

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