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Populus candicans 'Aurora' Tree

Balm of Gilead Trees
  • £49.99 (ex VAT)
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This pretty tree with variegated foliage, commonly known as the Balm of Gilead Tree or Ontario Poplar Tree, will grow to 8 x 4 metres in 20 years and boasts delightful, pointed, glossy, heart-shaped leaves that emerge mid-green with cream margins and pink and cream speckles. The new foliage of this Poplar Tree has a pleasing balsam-like scent. With a broadly conical shape, Populus Jackii Aurora or, more commonly, Populus Candicans Aurora will grow in just about any soil or position, including inland and coastal exposure.

Plant this variegated poplar tree in full sun to get the best leaf colour, which fades slightly into the summer to a more green hue. Populus Candicans Aurora will make a beautiful screen or windbreak.

AKA Populus x jackii 'Aurora', Populus Can Aurora, Balm of Gilead 'Aurora', Ontario Poplar, Variegated Poplar

  • Common name: Balm of Gilead Tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 8 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer
  • Foliage: Green heart-shaped leaves with cream margins and pink speckles
  • Soil: Grows best in well-drained, moist sites but will tolerate most soil types

Planting Populus candicans Aurora Trees

Our pot grown Balm of Gilead trees can be planted at any time of the year, unlike bare root trees. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your intended planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, especially if you have poor soil, we advise sprinkling root grow in the hole.

Take the pot off and gently loosen the tree roots, then place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, then fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We advise planting young trees with a stake and tie kit and, if your area is prone to rabbits, a rabbit guard.

Aftercare Advice for Populus candicans Aurora Trees

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Balm of Gilead trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Advice for Populus candicans Aurora trees

The natural habit of a Balm of Gilead tree creates an attractive canopy that does not require a lot of maintenance. You can tip trim the branches in spring, after flowering, to encourage healthy growth. Any lower branches and suckers should be removed to form a clear stem. Poplar trees do not take well to hard pruning, so avoid cutting your populus tree back severely.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

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