General Plant Information (Edit)
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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Common names
  • Quaking Aspen
  • Aspen
  • American Aspen
  • Trembling Aspen
  • Trembling Poplar

Photo Gallery
Location: Eden
Date: 2017-10-08
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2006-11-27
Location: Wasatch Mountains
Date: 2017-10-07
Location: Black Hills
Date: 11/4/2022
It had ice crystals; very beautiful in the sun
Location: Road to Las Cruces, NM
Date: October 1964
Beautiful fall color!
Location: South Dakota
Date: Oct. 10, 2021
Golden Quaking Aspen Leaves

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Photo by Fieldsof_flowers
Location: Twisp
Date: October
Location: South Dakota
Bare beauty

Date: 3/3/2022
Frosty Prison
Location: old mine site near the Million Dollar Highway - Ouray Co., Colorado
Date: 2006-09-16
Aspen leaves (yellow) changing colors for fall.
Location: Simcoe County, Ontario
Date: April 3, 2021
Catkins on a wild specimen. (Not yet completely open.)
Location: Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01

Date: 3/3/2022
Bitten
Location: Aspens (Populus tremuloides) on Lost Lake Trail
Date: 2012-08-18
Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
Location: Tannersville, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-10-24
tops of trees with golden fall color
Location: Tannersville, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-10-24
looking up at beginning of fall color, not full yet
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2009-10-30
The edge of an aspen grove, alders in the background, Indian plum
Location: Johnston Canyon, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-02
Location: Twisp
Date: 2012-10-18
Location: Near Carson Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountain of California
Date: 2014-10-29
A beautiful grove that we found on our annual drive to the mounta
Location: Simcoe County, Ontario
Date: March 2021
Bark of large, mature specimen.
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-16
Location: Simcoe County, Ontario
Date: April 13, 2021
Active male catkins in full bloom. They scattered copious pollen
Location: near Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-02-04
portion of some trunks
Location: Ouray Co., Coloradro
Date: 2006-09-16
old mine along the Million Dollar Highway
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-17
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-16
Location: Heathcote Ontario Canada
Date: 1950-06-18
Dense whispering leaves unblemished
Location: Jasper, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-07
Location: Philadelphia Flower Show in Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-03-06
trees forced early in Phytoremediation exhibit
Location: Johnston Canyon, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
Location: Cascade Falls, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-08
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-03-31
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2011-07-13
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-02
Location: College of Du Page in northeast IL
Date: 2019-11-23
looking up a tree trunk
Location: Itasca, Illinois
Date: 2010-01-04
   portion of trunks and bark
Location: Tannersville, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-10-24
a wild grove starting some golden fall color
Location: near Neenah, Wisconsin
Date: August 2013
maturing trunks and foliage
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2016-06-24
Location: Jasper, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-07
Location: Johnston Canyon, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
Location: Thomas Darling Preserve near Blakeslee, PA
Date: 2019-07-01
bottom of an old trunk with old bark
Location: College of Du Page in northeast IL
Date: 2019-11-23
several trees planted in landscape
Location: College of Du Page in northeast IL
Date: 2019-11-23
several white trunks
Location: Itasca, Illinois
Date: 2010-08-25
a planted group of trees in an office park
Location: College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: August 2014
several planted trees in a landscape
Location: Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL
Date: 2013-08-18
a maturing planted tree
Location: near Neenah, Wisconsin
Date: August 2013
a grove of maturing wild trees
Location: rest stop area off #41 near Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Date: 2012-08-16
a wild grove
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Date: 2015-06-17
foliage and some trunk
Location: off Route 80 in northeast Pennsylvania
Date: 2017-09-10
a wild grove
Location: Thomas Darling Preserve near Blakeslee, PA
Date: 2016-09-13
two mature trees in the wild
Location: Simcoe County, Ontario
Date: April 12, 2021
Roots exposed due to soil erosion. Note young bark on the roots c
Location: Heathcote Ontario Canada
Date: 1950-08-18
A good windbreak for over 40 years
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Comments:
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 22, 2014 11:04 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 24, 2017 8:29 PM concerning plant:
    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 nearly circular leaves get 1 to 3 inches in diameter and have small, rounded teeth on the margins, and the 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.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 24, 2016 6:15 PM concerning plant:
    Utah's state tree.
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