Also called eastern balsam poplar, bam, bamtree, hackmatack, tacamahac poplar and tacamahaca.  Part of poplar  genus Populus and willow  family Salicaceae.

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada, Alaska, and northernmost continental 🇺🇸 USA.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Populus hosts caterpillars of 367 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Can form a hybrid with eastern cottonwood  Populus deltoides (also part of the poplar  genus Populus ), forming balm of Gilead  Populus gileadensis.   The hybrid occurs occasionally in nature.

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