Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 6b
Plant Height: 40 to 50 feet
Plant Spread: 20 to 35 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Other Beneficial Insects
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2006-11-27
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Location: old mine site near the Million Dollar Highway - Ouray Co., ColoradoDate: 2006-09-16Aspen leaves (yellow) changing colors for fall.
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Location: Aspens (Populus tremuloides) on Lost Lake TrailDate: 2012-08-18Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
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Location: Near Carson Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountain of CaliforniaDate: 2014-10-29A beautiful grove that we found on our annual drive to the mounta
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Location: TwispDate: 2012-10-18
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Location: near Wilkes Barre, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-02-04portion of some trunks
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Location: Ouray Co., ColoradroDate: 2006-09-16old mine along the Million Dollar Highway
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2009-10-30The edge of an aspen grove, alders in the background, Indian plum
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2011-07-13
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2016-06-24
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Location: near Neenah, WisconsinDate: August 2013maturing trunks and foliage
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Location: Itasca, IllinoisDate: 2010-01-04   portion of trunks and bark
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Location: Itasca, IllinoisDate: 2010-08-25a planted group of trees in an office park
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Location: College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, ILDate: August 2014several planted trees in a landscape
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Location: Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, ILDate: 2013-08-18a maturing planted tree
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Location: near Neenah, WisconsinDate: August 2013a grove of maturing wild trees
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Location: rest stop area off #41 near Oshkosh, WisconsinDate: 2012-08-16a wild grove
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Location: Youngstown, OhioDate: 2015-06-17foliage and some trunk
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Location: off Route 80 in northeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-09-10a wild grove
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Location: Thomas Darling Preserve near Blakeslee, PADate: 2016-09-13two mature trees in the wild
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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Mar 22, 2014 11:04 PM

Native in the Pacific NW. We had a stand of this established when we bought our farm, and it has steadily spread out. The suckers can be a problem, they roam far and wide. But, what a lovely sound when the wind rustles through the leaves. I get a rather dull gold in the fall, but on the colder side of our state, these trees absolutely shine.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 24, 2016 6:15 PM

Utah's state tree.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 24, 2017 8:29 PM

A wonderful, beautiful native tree with a large native range covering most of all Canada, some of Alaska, the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada Mountains out West, New England down to northern New Jersey, northern Pennsylvania, spots in West Virginia, and around the Great Lakes. Fast growing of 2 to 4 feet/year and lives about 40 to 100 years, depending. It has a shallow, fibrous root system that can often cause more trees to sprout up from that system and make a colony. I knew of a landscaper from McKay Nursery in the 1970's in southern Wisconsin who planted sapling trees about 6 to 8 feet high bare root into northern Illinois landscapes. It is offered by some large, diverse nurseries, native plant nurseries, and mail order nurseries. The rounded leaves that quake in the breeze develop good to excellent golden fall color. Beautiful, smooth, tight, white to cream bark. The trunks of each tree is single and is not forming a clump of two or a few trunks like white birches do. The species can suffer some from humid and warm-hot conditions in more southern zones of 5 & 6 and be picked on by Hypoxylon canker and some leaf spots.

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