Quaking Aspen – Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Quaking Aspen Leaves - Paul Wray, Iowa State University, Bugwood.orgQuaking Aspen Fall Color - Joseph OBrien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Aspen, Quaking – 6-12″ (1-0)

Quaking Aspen (Populous tremuloides) has the widest natural range of any tree in North America. It is also the largest living organism, growing in clones that reproduce primarily by sending up sprouts from their roots. It is not a tree for all places, and care must be taken when used for landscaping purposes. With a larger planting area, a Quaking Aspen grove provides beneficial wildlife habitat and wood for products.

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Product Description

  • 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, Moist
  • Sun:  Full Sun, 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.

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Black Locust by Wouter Hagens

Black Locust by Wouter Hagens

Quaking/trembling aspen is a great alternative to a similar pioneer thicket-causing species such as invasive black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia). Black locust is a medium-sized deciduous tree native to the southeastern United States, but it has been widely planted and naturalized elsewhere in temperate North America, Europe, Southern Africa and Asia and is considered an invasive species in Michigan.