Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)
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Forest Types: Boreal, Montane; often a pioneer for spruces
by Michael Kuo
Note: This tree's distinctive, sweetly fragrant odor makes it identifiable with eyes closed.
Habitat: Along streams in the Rocky Mountains; in bogs and recolonization areas in northern forests.
Stature: Up to 80 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; with a narrow crown.
Leaves: Up to 6 inches long; broadly egg-shaped, with a pointed tip; finely toothed; dark green above; pale green to whitish below.
Bark: Smooth and brown at first; soon becoming furrowed, and by maturity dark gray and deeply furrowed.
Flowers: On catkins in spring; fruits tiny, attached to cottony hairs.
Frequent Mushroom Associates:
Believe it or not, I know of a pure stand of balsam poplars in Michigan that has produced large classic yellow morels every year for 15 years.
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2007, April). Balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/populus_balsamifera.html