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Populus Candicans Aurora Tree

Balm of Gilead Trees

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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 Can Aurora, Populus Jackii Aurora, Populus x Jackii Aurora, Balm of Gilead, Ontario Poplar, Variegated Poplar, Variegated Balm of Gilead

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Populus Candicans Aurora Tree Populus Candicans Aurora Tree
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped £49.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery timescales

99% of deliveries made within a week of placing the order (other than agreed pre orders) and many are despatched on the day we receive the order.  There is a slightly longer delivery timescale on trees over 2.5m in height (all the trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard or Extra Heavy Standard, all called Mature Trees) because normal "next day" carriers find them too large to handle so we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a haulage contractor to deliver and this all takes a bit of scheduling (but it's worth it when you see these wonderful mature trees!). 

Gift trees required for arrival on a specific date (or indeed any tree required for delivery on a specific date) can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge - we normally plan to deliver a day or two before the special day just to be on the safe side and although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Bare root trees and fruit bushes can only be dispatched from mid-November - mid April/late April (depending on weather conditions) and whilst they are dormant.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order unless we contact you (normally just the most mature trees where the driver may need help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle).  You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email.

Trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery costs

Orders for our popular range of 1.5/2.0m height trees to UK mainland ex Highlands have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (Highlands charge will be applied in the check out).  Smaller trees/bushes are charged at £6.95 plus vat (again Highlands charge applied in the check out).  On orders for several trees, delivery costs increase to £12.95 (and honestly that doesn't nearly cover what it costs us in cardboard and carriage charges!) but you can buy several trees (or hundreds of trees if you wish) for the same delivery cost.  Highlands charges start to get a bit expensive if you require several trees which our customers in the Highlands will be well aware of - we wish we could help more but you're such a long way from Yorkshire!

Mature trees are more expensive to deliver and cost varies by postcode but again you can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost so if you do need 2 or more, and particularly if you are planting a good number of trees, it works out to be really economical.  Delivery costs are calculated automatically in the shopping trolley so try adding an extra tree or bush for no extra delivery charge.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and overseas destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees but if you have a larger requirement please do speak to us and we'll do what we can to get trees to you at a reasonable cost.

Planting Advice for Populus Candicans Aurora trees

When planting Poplar trees, such as the Balm of Gilead tree, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown populus trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Populus Jackii Aurora trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree 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 also 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. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

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.

Populus Candicans Aurora Tree (Balm of Gilead Trees) Description

  • 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