[permaculture] Manitoba maple and balsam poplar, was Re: Greetings

Keith Johnson keithdj at mindspring.com
Mon Dec 21 22:21:55 EST 2009

I've used all three trees as chop and drop mulch. They can also provide 
fodder for goats. Bees use resins from balsam poplar (and other trees) 
to make propolis. They could also be used for biofuels. Lots of other 
uses, too.

dwoodard at becon.org wrote:
> a caution: here in the Niagara Peninsula of southern Ontario, both
> Manitoba maple and balsam poplar could be regarded as weed trees if there
> is anything else you want to grow. Balsam poplar is a lovely fast growing
> tree that spreads aggressively by root sprouts.
> Another aggressive weed here is black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia,
> although it is very useful for fence posts (long-lasting in soil), and is
> a good nectar tree, especially the cultivar semperflorens. It has been
> used to enhance growth of pines etc. by nitrogen fixing. I see Japanese
> pagoda tree spreading aggressively also.
> Doug Woodard

Keith Johnson
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