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Quaking Aspen

Populus tremuloides

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Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) at Moana Nursery

Quaking Aspen

Quaking Aspen

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) at Moana Nursery

Quaking Aspen bark

Quaking Aspen bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) at Moana Nursery

Quaking Aspen in fall

Quaking Aspen in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  1

Other Names:  Quaking Aspen

Description:

A hardy and graceful native of the North American forest, with showy white bark and leaves that flutter in the faintest breeze; suckers vigorously.

Ornamental Features

Quaking Aspen has green foliage throughout the season. The round leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth white bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Quaking Aspen is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Quaking Aspen is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Quaking Aspen will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade  Naturalizing 
Applications
Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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