Top Questions About Balsam Trees

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Questions About Balsam Trees

Asked by
wacow on
April 22, 2011

Q. Are Balsam Trees and Lime Trees the Same Family

Are balsam trees and lime trees the same family?

Answered by
Heather on
April 27, 2011
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No, they are not. Balsam's botanical name is Abeis balsamea or Pinus balsamea, depending on who you ask. Lime is Tilia Europoea (though there are many species and varieties of lime, so this may vary.)

The first word in the botanical name will name the family. The second the species. So, as the botanical family names are different, they are not in the same family.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 5, 2011

Q. Arrowhead Balsam

I would like to know the medicinal qualities and properties of arrowhead balsam and its root. It is a wild plant that grows on grassy slopes in Canada and the USA. I have seen it all around the Colville, Wa area and the west Kootenay area of Canada.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 5, 2011
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I think you mean the arrow-leaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata), which is also native to many parts of the U.S. as well as Canada. The sap has been used as an antiseptic for minor wounds, and while the entire plant is edible, this same bitter-tasting sap isn't particularly yummy on the palate. However, the large taproot is said to be far more pleasing. This article has more information on the plant: http://www.mtnativeplants.org/filelib/14.pdf

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Anonymous on
June 21, 2018

Q. Balsam fir trees

A forty year old balsam fir is showing signs of decline. Foliage is patchie and some limbs are bare of needles. Is this a recognized condition?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 21, 2018
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