Balm-of-Gilead - Populus balsamifera x deltoides = P. x jackii

    Alternative names
    Balm of Gilead

    A suckering tree to 20 metres. Buds sticky and strongly balsam scented. Fruiting catkins 7 to 16 cm before the leaves. Leaves heart shaped and toothed.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Damp areas, often near water. Sometimes planted, but other trees (like the ones photographed) appear in random locations, and seem completely naturalised.

    When to see it

    March and early April.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Infrequent but widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 14 of the 617 tetrads.

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