Latin: Populus tremuloides
Other common names: quaking asp, aspen, golden aspen, mountain aspen, trembling aspen, Vancouver aspen, poplar, popple, alamo blanco, White poplar
Mature Height/spread : 20-60 ft. high and 20 – 30 ft. spread. Has a fast growth rate with more than 24″ per year in ideal conditions.
Soil / Climate: Quaking Aspen grows in most soils provided with adequate moisture and sunlight.
Notes: Quaking aspen is the largest, living organism. When the wind blows the leaves tremble and flutter hence the name “quaking” aspen. It has goldish yellow leaves in fall. Often planted in groves. Will sucker up from root systems. Used as a lumber source. Quaking Aspen are used mainly for pulp products such as books, newsprint, and fine printing paper. Aspen is especially good for panel products such as oriented strandboard and waferboard. Its lumber is light in weight and is used for furniture, boxes and crates, core stock in plywood, and wall panels. Quaking aspen are one of the first trees to repopulate after trees have been removed whether due to clear cutting or fire. The bark of the aspen is considered to have antiinflammatory properties.
Wildlife: The staple tree for the habitat of ruffed grouse, which feed on the bud and catkin. Also a food source for pheasant, orioles, and many others. Often used for nesting by a variety of woodpeckers. This high protein tree is an important feed source for deer and beaver. Caterpillars of various moths and butterflies use the leaves as a food source.
Cold Stream Farm supplies Quaking Aspen trees which are grown as bare root seedlings and transplants and sold both wholesale and retail with no minimum order.
Additional information on Populus tremuloides can be found on the link: USDA / NRCS PLANTS Database.