- Seedling Size: 6-12″
- Seedling Age: 1-0
- Mature Height: 40 – 50 feet
- Mature Width: 20 – 30 feet
- Soil Type: Well-drained, clay, loam, acidic
- Moisture: Dry, moderate or moist
- Sun: Full sun or partial shade
- Growth Rate: Fast
Key Characteristics of Quaking Aspen
- Adds movement and a soft, pleasant sound to the landscape due to the “quaking” leaves.
- Yields tiny seeds that are dispersed by the wind on cottony tufts in late spring.
- Each tree is actually part of a much larger organism, since multiple stems can sprout from the same root system. When trees that are a part of these large clones die, they are eventually replaced with new growth.
Visitors Attracted to Quaking Aspen
- Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
- White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
- Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
Help Control Invasives!
Quaking/trembling aspen is a great alternative to a similar pioneer thicket-causing species such as invasive black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia).