Also called eastern balsam poplar, bam, bamtree, hackmatack, tacamahac poplar and tacamahaca.  Part of aspen/cottonwood/poplar  genus Populus in 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.

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

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

Propagation protocol (.pdf).

Learn more about balsam poplar Populus balsamifera

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