Synonymous:Populus tacamahacca, Populus candicans, Populus tristis
Distribution: Sub Arctic northern hemisphere in North America and Europe
Description: Light and soft wood, yellow-white to light grey colour. Clear annual rings made of thin greyish stripes. Straight grain with a rough texture. Hard to sand to a finish, tends to clog up the sand paper with cotton-like fibres.
Fun facts: Balsam Poplar is the northernmost American hardwood.