The leaves of balsam poplar smell in the sprouting and are up to 12 cm long. The leaves are pointed and the leaf margins are notched.
The flowers form long catkins up to 8 cm (3.2 in). On the whole, the flower is inconspicuous.
The seeds hang on 12 – 14 cm (4.7 – 5.5 in) long catkins.
The twigs are light brown to brown with bright lenticels. The buds are red-brown and pointed.
parks tree, single tree or planting in groups