The Q&A Archives: Aspen or Other

Question: We have a home in Kettlefalls, WA. (zone 5-6) on a corner lot. I would like to plant Aspen trees down one of the street sides for privacy and also some curb appeal. Would Aspens be a good choice or do you have another suggestion? The soil is loose and drains well.

Answer: Quaking Aspen is a good choice for your growing region. There are dozens and dozens of trees you might also consider. Here's a list:
American Basswood, American Linden Tilia americana
American Elm Ulmus americana
Amur Maple, Ginnala Maple Acer ginnala
Austrian Pine Pinus nigra
Balsam Poplar Populus balsamifera
Black Cottonwood Populus trichocarpa
Black Hawthorn Crataegus douglasii
Black Walnut Juglans nigra
Blue Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce Picea pungens
Boxelder Acer negundo
Bristlecone Pine Pinus aristata
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa
California Red Fir, Red Fir Abies magnifica
Cascara Buckthorn Rhamnus purshiana
Cliffrose Cowania mexicana
Common Chokecherry Prunus virginiana
Crabapple Malus species
Crack Willow salix fragilis
Douglasfir Pseudosuga menziesii
Downy Hawthron Crataegus mollis
Eastern Redcedar Juniperus virginiana
Engelmann Spruce Picea engelmannii
European Ash Fraxinus excelsior
European Mountainash Sorbus aucuparia
European White Birch Betula pendula
Fremont Cottonwood Populus fremontii
Gambel Oak Quercus gambelii
Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba
Globe Navajo Willow Salix matsudana var. "Navajo"
Grand Fir Abies grandis
Green Ash Fraxinus pennnsylvanica
Hackberry Celtis Occidentalis
Honeylocust Gleditsia triacanthos
Horsechestnut Aesculus hippocastanum
Idaho Flowering Locust Robinia ambigua
Incense-cedar libocedrus decurrens
Jeffrey Pine Pinus jeffreyi
Kentucky Coffeetree Gymnocladus dioicus
Lanceleaf Cottonwood Populus X acuminata (hybrid of P. deltoides and P. angustifolia)
Limber Pine Pinus flexilis
Littleleaf Linden Tilia cordata
Lodgepole Pine Pinus contorta
Lombardy Poplar Populus nigra var. italica
Mountain Hemlock Tsuga mertensiana
Narrowleaf Cottonwood Populus angustifolia
Netleaf Hackberry Celtis reticulata
New Mexican Locust Robinia neomexicana
Noble Fir Abies procera
Northern Catalpa Catalpa speciosa
Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra
Ohio Buckeye Aesculus glabra
One Seed Juniper Juniperus monosperma
Pacific Silver Fir Abies amabilis
Pacific Willow, Yellow Willow Salix lasiandra
Pacific Yew Taxus brevifolia
Paper Birch Betula papyrifera
Peachleaf Willow Salix amygdaloides
Pinyon Pine Pinus edulis
Populus deltoids var. occidentalis
Ponderosa Pine Pinus ponderosa
Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides
Red Alder Alnus rubra
Red Maple Acer rubrum
Red Mulberry Morus rubra
Red Willow Salix laevigata
Rock Elm, Cork Elm Ulmus thomasii
Rocky Mountain Juniper Juniperus scopulorum
Rocky Mountain Maple Acer glabrum
Russion-Olive Elaeagnus angustifolia
Scouler Willow Salix scouleriana
Siberian Elm Ulmus pumila
Silver Maple Acer saccharinum
Singleleaf Pinyon Pinus monophylla
Southwestern White Pine Pinus strobiformis
Subalpine Fir Abies lasiocarpa
Sugar Pine Pinus lambertiana
Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor
Tamarisk, Saltcedar Tamarix chinensis
Thinleaf Alder, Mountain Alder Alnus tenuifolia
Utah Juniper Juniperus osteosperma
Washington Hawthorn Crataegus phaenopryum
Water Birch, Red Birch Betula occidentalis
Western Larch Larix occidentalis
Western Redcedar Thuja plicata
Western White Pine Pinus monticola
White Alder Alnus rhombifolia
White Fir Abies concolor
White Mulberry Morus alba
White Poplar Populus alba
White Spruce, Blackhills Spruce Picea glauca var albertiana
Whitebark Pine Pinus albicaulis

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