Populus balsamifera L.

Balsam Poplar

A narrow-crowned tree 25-30 m tall with ascending branches and hairless branchlets with sticky winter buds. Leaves thick and tough, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 7-12 cm long, margins finely toothed, distinctly white below but hairless. Leaf stalk glabrous, cylindrical. Catkins drooping. Capsule glabrous.

N North America

The closely related P. candicans is a broader tree with leaves heart-shaped at the base.

Specimens VIC: Beechworth (Fletchers Dam between Beechworth and Stanley).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Salicaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malpighiales
family       Salicaceae
genus        Populus L.