Hybrid Balsam-poplar - Populus trichocarpa x balsamifera = P. 'Balsam Spire'
A tall tree (to 20 metres or more) with very upright branches held more or less parallel to the main trunk. Leaves very similar to some other Poplar species. This species is balsam scented, especially the buds which, when pressed tightly, exude a brownish tacky ‘sap’. This species does not sucker.
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It is planted in landscaped parks and amenity areas, as a screen or windbreak, and also in plantations and does particularly well in damper sites.
Flowers around April.
Widespread in Britain as a planted tree.
Only recorded for the first time in Leicestershire and Rutland in 2009, this species is likely to become more widespread in our area.
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