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Name: Reid
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Anderwood
Apr 3, 2014 3:09 PM CST
Hi. A co-worker wants to plant a Quaking Aspen, but does not want all the suckers to come up. We are in zone 4b. Will it work to have it in a pot? Could he submerge the pot in order for it to over-winter?

Or, is there a way to control the runners from going all over his yard?

Thanks!
Name: Rob Duval
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robertduval14
Apr 3, 2014 5:56 PM CST

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Not sure how these handle containers. Can't seem to locate any info about people growing them in this way, Everything I've found has suggested little more than that they grow quickly, can attain a height of around 40 feet and that they are hardy to zone 4.

There are a couple of different cultivars out there for this plant, perhaps one of them may be more suited for container use or perhaps just less spreading through suckers. May be worth looking into.

Perhaps your best bet may be to contact one of the many vendors out there that sell them.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=populus+tremuloides+nursery
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Apr 3, 2014 9:36 PM CST
No tree actually likes to be in a pot, but I don't seen any reason why it can't be done with a Quaking Aspen. Yes, you will want to bury the pot over winter. As you know, suckering is normal. But damage to roots, or abnormal changes in plant hormone levels caused by heavy branch pruning, forest fire, cutting at ground level, etc., will certainly spur root suckering.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 4, 2014 12:26 PM CST
So, by the same token, when the tree (very soon) starts to outgrow the pot, if you prune it it will then put up suckers, too. Vendors might tend to tell you it's all right so they can sell you a tree, don't forget.

Jmho, Quakies are not a good candidate for growing in a pot. I'd plant them in the ground then just cut off the suckers as they come up. If you want a solitary tree, you should buy something better suited.

We planted a row of transplants that we dug up on a relative's property in Utah. Only about half of them made it, but the rest have now made a pretty little grove. We let the suckers grow, of course because we wanted a clump of smaller trees, not just a few big ones. I would think to contain the suckers, some sort of concrete edging might do the trick. Ours did not get out of hand in the 5 years our son lived in that house.

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Name: Greene
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greene
Apr 4, 2014 2:38 PM CST
Would you consider a Quaking Aspen Bonsai? That would work for while. All the beauty of the tree in a compact package.
Still short-lived, but worth the effort.
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Name: Reid
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Anderwood
Apr 4, 2014 3:06 PM CST
@greene The co-worker likes it for the sound of the leaves. Perhaps it might be nice on the patio.
Name: Greene
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greene
Apr 4, 2014 5:32 PM CST
Suggest that your co-worker look at Google Images for 'Quaking Aspen Bonsai' to see what others have done.
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Leftwood
Apr 4, 2014 5:57 PM CST

Concrete edging or some other physical barrier would need to be 2ft deep for sure. This would not be an easy project. I agree that Quaking aspen is not an very good yard tree. Besides the suckering problem, its wood is not very strong.

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