Populus x canadensis 'Aurea'

Canadian poplar

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

The hybrid black poplar, as this is sometimes known, is a large vigorous tree, grown both as a specimen, especially as a street tree, and also for screening large areas since it can withstand pruning and pollarding to limit its size. The golden poplar, 'Aurea', has denser growth and a more rounded shape, with bright golden yellow foliage on red stalks emerging late to make a fine display by early to mid-June, long after the conspicuous catkins have disintegrated. The autumn display is equally vivid. This was formerly P. x euramericana 'Aurea'. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Salicaceae

Genus: Populus

Species: x canadensis

Cultivar: Aurea

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 1000cm

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