The foliage of Populus candicans Aurora in detail
The foliage of Populus candicans Aurora in detail
Populus candican Aurora on the Barcham Trees nursery
Medium Aurora Variegated Poplar, Ontario Poplar from this batch

Populus x candicans Aurora

Aurora Variegated Poplar, Ontario Poplar

Estimated fully grown height 12-17m

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Product Details

Populus x candican Aurora is a highly decorative and vigorous variegated Poplar tree that was given the RHS Award of Merit in 1954 and was originally introduced by a nursery in Truro in 1920 from a garden in Devon.

The leaves are extremely interesting, exhibiting random variegation across the whole tree, ranging from whole creamy coloured leaves, to green leaves that are splashed cream, to creamy margined leaves; the new growth is often attractively tinged with pink.  As a young tree the leaves are the most randomly variegated, and turn a dull green as the season progresses.  Newly transplanted trees will often show no sign of variegation until they settle down in the second year.

Populus x candican Aurora is a fast growing Poplar, and exhibits many of the qualities seem by other species in this Genus; it is tough, will thrive on all soil types, providing it is not too dry, will tolerate water logging and is suitable for planting in exposed and coastal conditions.  Unlike some other variegated specimens, this tree does not suffer from scorch from the wind or direct sunlight.

Whilst the Ontario Poplar is vigorous and large tree, it can be managed to limit the size in smaller gardens.  In fact, this species responds very well to routine hard pruning of the shoots in winter, which results in a delightful display of new foliage in the spring time.

This tree is a great addition to a collection and is an underused ornamental for medium sized gardens where water logging has the potential to limit selection.

Mature Height: 12-17m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Coastal, Garden, Parkland, Wetland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Spring, Summer,
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Wet, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Good for waterlogged soil,
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.