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Salicaceae -- Willow family

    John C. Zasada and Howard M. Phipps

    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.

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John C. Zasada

Source: Silvics of North America

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