Balsam Poplar

Balsam Poplars comprise a group of 10 subspecies, many of which can be found in Alaska. They are large, deciduous trees that can reach 150ft or more in height and are recognizable by their leaves that are rounded at the base, pointed on the tip, and have a whitish, waxy coating on their underside. The name actually originates from the pleasant balsam smell that new leaves and buds give off in the spring. In Alaska you'll see the Balsam Poplar used as an ornamental tree and also in lumber production, although this second use is far more common in the lower 48.


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