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Populus tremuloides (American Aspen)

American Aspen, Quaking Aspen, Golden Aspen, Trembling Aspen, Mountain Aspen, Aspen, Trembling Poplar, Alamo Blanco

Populus tremuloides, American Aspen, Quaking Aspen, Golden Aspen, Trembling Aspen, Mountain Aspen, Aspen, Trembling Poplar, Alamo Blanco, Deciduous Tree, Fall Color
Populus tremuloides, American Aspen, Quaking Aspen, Golden Aspen, Trembling Aspen, Mountain Aspen, Aspen, Trembling Poplar, Alamo Blanco, Deciduous Tree, Fall Color
Populus tremuloides, American Aspen, Quaking Aspen, Golden Aspen, Trembling Aspen, Mountain Aspen, Aspen, Trembling Poplar, Alamo Blanco, Deciduous Tree, Fall Color

Populus tremuloides (American Aspen) is a medium-sized deciduous tree of softly pyramidal habit with a narrow, rounded crown boasting rounded, finely toothed, lustrous dark green leaves, up to 3 in. long (7 cm). They turn brilliant golden-yellow in the fall. The leaves have a flattened petiole that allows them to flutter and tremble in the slightest breeze, constantly moving and rustling, so trees can often be heard but not seen. In mid-spring, small male and female flowers appear in separate catkins on separate male and female trees before the leaves emerge. The female flowers give way to small drooping fruiting clusters. The bark is smooth and greenish-white at first, later furrowed with diamond-shaped pores (lenticels). A beautiful tree for cool summer climates.

  • Grows up to 20-50 ft. tall (6-15 m) and 10-30 ft. wide (3-9 m). Short-lived, this tree reproduces rapidly from seed and root suckers to form large colonies.
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in rich, humusy, fertile, consistently moist but well-drained soils. Avoid planting near buildings due to the vigorous root system.
  • This beautiful tree may be subject to dieback, leaf spots, rusts, powdery mildew, cankers, caterpillars, borers, aphids, and scale.
  • Propagate from hardwood cuttings in winter or suckers in autumn or late winter.
  • Native from Canada to Mexico.

Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Salicaceae
Genus Populus
Common names Aspen, Poplar, Quaking Aspen
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 20' - 50'
(6.1m - 15.2m)
Spread 10' - 30'
(3m - 9.1m)
Maintenance High
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Alaska, Rocky Mountains, California, Southwest, Northeast, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arkansas, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow
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Populus fremontii (Western Cottonwood)
Populus deltoides (Eastern Cottonwood)
Populus alba (White Poplar)
Populus nigra ‘Italica’ (Lombardy Poplar)
Populus tremula (European Aspen)

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Salicaceae
Genus Populus
Common names Aspen, Poplar, Quaking Aspen
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 20' - 50'
(6.1m - 15.2m)
Spread 10' - 30'
(3m - 9.1m)
Maintenance High
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Alaska, Rocky Mountains, California, Southwest, Northeast, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arkansas, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow
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Do I Need?
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