Quaking Aspen – Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Quaking Aspen LeavesQuaking Aspen Fall Color

Aspen, Quaking – 6-12″ – LOW STOCK

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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 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).

Image Credits 

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