Quaking Aspen Tree
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Quaking Aspen Tree
Quaking Aspen Leaf
Quaking Aspen Additional Product Shot 765
Quaking Aspen Additional Product Shot 1142
Quaking Aspen Additional Product Shot 1277

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 1-6
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Quaking Aspen
Populus tremuloides
$285.00
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Quaking Aspen will bring a spirit of playfulness to your landscape with its rounded leaves thatshimmy and twirl in the slightest breeze.  This tall, slender, fast-growing tree will cast dappled shade on your outdoor seating areas in summer and will delight you in fall with a show of luminous yellow foliage.  One great landscaping idea is to highlight this tree’s trunk with uplighting, so that its greenish-white, Birch-like bark and trembling leaves may be appreciated even after dusk while you entertain or just relax on your porch or patio.  Quaking Aspen looks best planted in groves, which is how this charming native tree grows in the wild.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 1-6
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Quaking Aspen, a.k.a. “White Poplar,” or “Popple,” is North America’s most wide-ranging tree and can be found from coast to coast and from Northern Canada all the way down to the mountains of Central Mexico.  This remarkable tree rarely gains new ground by seed, however.  Aspen spreads by sending out suckers, which pop up to produce new trees.  These trees are all connected by one root system and are genetically identical, so each “colony” is technically a single organism.  The largest colony, “Pando” (Latin for “I spread”), in Utah, covers an area the size of 80 football fields!  Scientists estimate that the Pando colony has been growing for 80,000 years.

The Details

This native tree belongs to the Willow family, and like Willows it’s a great tree for a wildlife-friendly garden.  Quaking Aspen feeds many species of butterflies, including the beautiful viceroy.  The viceroy’s orange and black markings mimic those of the iconic monarch, thus fooling predators into thinking it tastes as bad as the toxic monarch butterfly.

How to Grow

Because of its unusual growing habit, Quaking Aspen is probably a little different from other trees you may have grown.  To keep it as a single specimen tree, you must be careful to never damage the bark, and you must keep the roots cool with a layer of mulch.  Otherwise, the suckering mechanism kicks in.  You can keep suckers under control by mowing, though letting them spring up and form a grove is nice, too.  Quaking Aspen laughs at cold weather (it grows where temperatures drop below -50°F!), but it isn’t crazy about the hot, humid summers of the Southeast.  Plant it in a sunny site with well-drained soil for best results.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 1
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 40'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

8-10’ tall. This tree is shipped in our #15 tree container. with a stem caliper nearly 2”. Plant and grow - the hard work has been done. Very fast growing tree.

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Quaking Aspen Tree
Quaking Aspen Leaf
Quaking Aspen Additional Product Shot 765
Quaking Aspen Additional Product Shot 1142
Quaking Aspen Additional Product Shot 1277