Balsam poplars are best in rural landscapes where there is lots of room to grow.
An important reclamation plant.
The native stands of poplars are in decline because there are no floods to rejuvenate the river bottom soils and the grasses have invaded the flood plains, which restricts poplar growth.
Full sun to partial shade.
See Paskapoo Poplar for a good urban or smaller site landscape plant.
Poplars do not compete well with grasses, always plant into mulched beds.
Female poplars with their fluff seem to be unpopular.