A fragrant deciduous poplar tree, Populus balsamifer or Populus tac a ma haca, which grows in swampy soils in northern U.S. and Canada. The balsam poplar has soft, straight-grain wood that is weak. It is mainly used for crates, excelsior, and pulpwood. Occasionally it is used for painted millwork.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Populus balsamifer; Populus tac a ma hac; Ontario poplar; tacamahac; hackmatack
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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- Gordon Hanlon, contributed information, 1998