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Populus candicans Aurora

A unique variegated form of this much loved tree

A tall, upright tree with attractive, light-green and cream, heart-shaped leaves that are tinted pink. The leaves emerge in spring with a balsam fragrance and gradually loose their colouring, becoming greener as they mature. Green catkins emerge with the new leaves in spring and will attract wildlife to the garden.


For best leaf colour grow this plant in full sun. It is a hardy tree, so is suitable for coastal and exposed areas.


Plant in any moist, free-draining soil.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 1260 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 610 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Banks and slopes

Check store availability

10 litre pot £34.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From February to September