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Populus tremula 'Erecta' Tree

Swedish Columnar Aspen Trees
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  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)

The architectural pillar form and glorious seasonal colour make this an underused hero in the garden! Populus tremula 'Erecta' is a remarkably columnar tree that will grow to approximately 8 x 1 metres in 20 years with its narrow form drawing the eye in. The small, pointed, heart-shaped foliage is mid-green throughout the spring and summer and rustles pleasantly in a breeze, turning vibrant shades of orange, yellow and red in the autumn.

First discovered in a Swedish woodland, hence the common name Swedish Columnar Aspen, it also goes by the names Upright Aspen and Populus tremuloides 'Erecta'. It looks striking when planted in an avenue at close proximity, but equally its columnar form makes it ideal for tight spaces where upright interest or screening is required. Coastal positions and inland exposure aren’t a problem and it is also hardy. Populus tremula 'Erecta' is a delightful specimen tree with many uses which will reward you with its fiery seasonal colour.

AKA Swedish Columnar Aspen, Swedish Upright Poplar, Upright European Aspen, Populus tremula Erecta, Populus tremuloides Erecta

  • Common name: Swedish Columnar Aspen Tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 8 x 1 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Heart-shaped mid-green leaves throughout spring and summer, turning orange, red and yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Prefers a well-drained site but will tolerate the majority of soil types

Planting Populus tremula Erecta Trees

Our pot grown Swedish Columnar Aspen 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 tremula Erecta 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 Swedish Columnar Aspen 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 tremula Erecta Trees

The natural habit of a Swedish Upright Poplar 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.

 

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

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 branch), which supports a branched 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

The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Populus tremula 'Erecta' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Populus tremula 'Erecta' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Populus tremula 'Erecta' Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot Populus tremula 'Erecta' Price £149.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot £149.99 (ex VAT)
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Populus tremula 'Erecta' Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Populus tremula 'Erecta' Price £179.99 (ex VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £179.99 (ex VAT)
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Populus tremula 'Erecta' Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Populus tremula 'Erecta' Price £209.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £209.99 (ex VAT)
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Populus tremula 'Erecta' Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 45L pot Populus tremula 'Erecta' Price £229.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 45L pot £229.99 (ex VAT)
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