Quaking Aspen Tree

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Scientific Name:
Populus tremuloides
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Quaking Aspen – A Deciduous Tree Native to Colder Regions

Why Quaking Aspen (Populus Tremuloides)?

Native to the colder regions of North America, the deciduous Populus Tremuloides tree is one of several species collectively known by the common names quaking aspen, American aspen, trembling aspen, golden aspen, white poplar, trembling poplar, and popple. The species reproduce by sending out new roots, which results in the formation of enormous clonal groves. Because new growth emerges from adventitious buds on the parent root system, these roots are not rhizomes (the ortet).

Much like other poplar species, Aspens are extensively used in camping areas because they are readily available, inexpensive, and not often utilized in timber construction.

Native Americans use aspen as a source of nutrition in their diet. The inner bark is first chopped into strips, then dried, and crushed before being combined with starches to make bread or mush.

Because aspen engages in vegetative regeneration, trees are almost identical to one another, and if anything, that kills one of the trees would ultimately destroy all of the trees in the group.

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  • 4
    so for trees are in the ground,

    Posted by Anthony on 07/23/18

    Happy so far,

  • 5
    Looks good !

    Posted by Unknown on 05/31/18

    I just planted it yesterday. It looks good so far. I look forward to seeing it grow.

  • 5
    Good product, bad timing

    Posted by Hans Jostlein on 12/30/17

    The tree company sent us the two Aspen saplings, plus an extra crab apple. The saplings look like there are in excellent health, and the packaging was perfect. We were taken aback by the timing. I need to grow the saplings to a 6 ft height to avoid deer damage. I do that by planting them in buckets (with drain holes), which I set in soil for a couple of years. Even though I had ordered them in summer, they came at the end of December when the ground was hard frozen. I had to buy top soil, thaw it out, and plant the saplings. Rather than determining themselves when to send the saplings, the tree company could ask customers when to ship.