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Ontario Balsam Poplar
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Salicaceae
Genus: Populus
Section: Tacamahaca
Species: P. balsamifera
Binomial name
Populus balsamifera

The Ontario Balsam Poplar, Populus balsamifera is a species of the genus Populus. Populus is from the Latin for poplar and balsamifera from Latin meaning "balsam-bearing" [1] . See also balsam poplar.

Balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera) is the northernmost American hardwood. It grows transcontinentally on upland and flood plain sites but attains the best development on flood plains. It is a hardy, fast-growing tree which is generally short lived, with some trees reaching 200 years. Other names are balm-of-gilead, bam, tacamahac, cottonwood, or heartleaf balsam poplar. Many kinds of animals use the twigs for food. The light, soft wood is used for pulp and construction. [2]

The leaves of the Balsam Poplar serve as food for caterpillars of various Lepidoptera. See List of Lepidoptera that feed on poplars.


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

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Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Malpighiales
Familia: Salicaceae
Genus: Populus
Species: Populus balsamifera


Populus balsamifera Linnaeus


  • Species Plantarum 2:1034. 1753
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. 29365

Vernacular names

English: Ontario Balsam Poplar
Svenska: Balsampoppel
Türkçe: Balsam kavağı
Українська: Тополя бальзамічна


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