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Eastern Balsam-poplar Populus balsamifera (Salicaceae) HEIGHT to 30m. Conical to slightly spreading tree with numerous ascending branches arising from a tapering bole; base of bole is often surrounded by suckers. BARK Thinner than in other poplars and narrowly grooved. SHOOTS Young shoots (and 2.5cm-long buds) are covered with shiny resin. LEAVES To 10cm long, oval and pointed at tip with finely toothed margins; dark shiny green above, paler and downy below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Greenish catkins appear in late spring or early summer. Males (to 7.5cm long) and females (to 12.5cm long) on separate trees. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of N America. Cultivated here occasionally.