Plant riparian population genetics
toby at stein.u.washington.edu
Thu Jan 7 19:07:55 EST 1993
In article <1993Jan7.215342.22845 at cbfsb.cb.att.com> djd at cbnewsg.cb.att.com (david.j.daulton) writes:
>Regarding populus tichocarpa, I read that this is one of the "balsam
>poplars", and one of the most fragrant plants to have in one's garden.
>Specifically, it is supposed to smell really good when the buds first open
>in the spring. So, I sent off for one, but when it arrived, no smell.
>I tried keeping it in a pot, but it died during the winter. Before I order
>another, was the book wrong, and this is not fragrant plant, or did it
>arrive after its fragrant phase, or did the nursery send me the wrong
P. trichocarpa ("black cottonwood") is a member of the section
Tacamahaca ("balsam poplars"). The yellow, sticky bud resin
is the smell of spring in the Pacific Northwest, and can be
quite strong near a big stand. P. balsamifera has a stronger,
less pleasant (to me) smell. I wouldn't recommend planting
either species near a dwelling with sewers or septic tanks,
as the Populus are notorious for clogging them with a
profusion of greedy roots.
Toby Bradshaw |
Department of Biochemistry | Will make genetic linkage maps
and College of Forest Resources | for food.
University of Washington, Seattle |
toby at u.washington.edu |
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