Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 6 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: surface sow and keep moist
Populus balsamifera, also known as Balsam Poplar, is a hardy, fast-growing deciduous tree that can be found in both boreal and montane upland and flood plain sites. It grows transcontinentally across North America and thrives the most on flood plains. Although it is generally short-lived, some trees as old as 200 years have been found. The light, soft wood of Populus balsamifera is used for pulp and construction while the twigs and leaves serve as food for various animals and caterpillars. The inner bark can be dried, ground into a powder, and used as a thickener in soups or cereals. In addition to its practical uses, this easily grown plant has a long history of medicinal use amongst native North American tribes. It has been used to treat various complaints, especially skin problems and lung ailments. This tree can grow well in heavy, cold and damp soil, and an extract of its shoots can be used as a rooting hormone. Order Populus balsamifera today to add a touch of natural beauty to your garden.