Quaking Aspen trees (Populus tremuloides) are gorgeous, fast-growing native trees distributed over most of North America, including the United States and Canada. You may have seen and loved them in National Forests throughout the Rocky Mountains. They are a pioneering species of trees that are one of the first trees to invade open areas and prairies.
There is nothing like hearing the wind rustling through a group of Aspen trees on a summer day.
One of the most endearing features of Quaking Aspen is that their heart-shaped leaves quake and flutter back and forth with the slightest breeze, making a soft sound like rain. The sounds of the leaves blowing through a native stand of Aspen has been admired and memorialized by poets and writers alike.
Quaking Aspen grow tall and somewhat pyramidal in their outline when young and may be mistaken for Birch. As these trees age, they can develop a more rounded form.
Aspen have heart-shaped leaves that are dark green on top and a lighter color on the underside. The long petioles cause the shiny leaves to easily wave in the breeze, setting the entire tree alight and rustle, giving your landscape a soothing sound, giving them the common name Trembling Aspens. The Quaking Aspen is a deciduous tree and will lose its beautiful leaves in fall.
In the fall, the Aspen leaves color turns an incredibly clear yellow color. While yellow is the most typical fall color you'll see, native stands can exhibit some orange and even pockets of red. It's vibrant in the landscape and makes a big statement.
The bark on young Aspen trees may not show the classic light color, but once they hit a couple of inches in width (or caliper), they turn a lovely chalky greenish-white color. The beautiful smooth, white bark from Quaking Aspen trees was used by pioneers and American Indians for medicinal purposes.
Quaking Aspen can be used as a specimen tree in a lawn area where it can easily be maintained. Or you can plant Aspen trees mixed in clumps and single stem plants in natural groups. Thriving in USDA hardiness zones 2 through 6, these lovely shade trees do great in a wide range of soil types and are very cold hardy and don’t mind higher elevations of Colorado and harsh winters of the midwest!
Use Quaking Aspens to create a sense of enclosure without feeling like you live in a fortress. Create a respite from the modern world with a loose, zig-zagging row of several of these trees. Pro tip? Leave enough space when planting to wind a mulched nature trail between them.
Plant them in a gentle curve around an out-of-the-way spot in your backyard. What a magical, private place to put a hammock. Aspens also make incredible vistas or views from your deck or patio. Nature can be brought home and enjoyed to the fullest with wonderful native trees like this one. Try your hand at landscaping to gift yourself a real sense of peace on your property.
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Aspen trees are also an excellent tree species for wildlife habitats in full sun. Like Northern Red Oaks, these keystone species attract ruffled grouse feed on the catkins and buds, and elk and deer feed on the leaves in fall and winter. Butterflies, moths and caterpillars also feed on the leaves.
These adaptable trees love a rich, humusy soil that is consistently moist, but they grow naturally in dry and rocky soils in the Rocky Mountains where usually only Deodar Cedar trees and conifers. Their tolerance of soil types is one of the reasons this tree is so widely distributed.
Sometimes forming root suckers and root sprouts that create their own groves and colonies. You can easily prune these off or just mow around them a couple of times a year to remove these should they form. Aspen can be very successfully incorporated into today's more natural landscapes where they can support plenty of wildlife.
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How to Grow a Quaking Aspen Tree?
Quaking Aspen are easy-care trees that need full sun and well-drained soil. These are incredibly cold-hardy trees and do well in USDA growing zones 2 through 6.
Are Quaking Aspen good trees? What is so special about Quaking Aspen?
Quaking Aspen are fantastic trees for cold climates and are very easy to grow, have waving foliage that adds motion and soft rustling sounds to your landscape.
How fast does a Quaking Aspen tree grow?
Similar to Poplar, Quaking Aspen have a fast growth rate, often adding a couple of feet of growth per year or more once established in optimal conditions. Both the Quaking Aspen and Audubon Quaking Aspen tree are very fast-growing plants!
Do Quaking Aspen trees spread?
Quaking Aspen in some settings can form their own groupings by spreading through suckers. These colonies in nature can get quite large, the largest living organism is in Utah, USA. Covering 107 acres and is all the same Aspen clones genetically. Aspen will not do this in the home setting and are easily managed.
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Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#6 Container||Ranges from||5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Populus tremuloides 'Quaking'|
|Mature Height||40 - 50 feet|
|Mature Spread||20 - 30 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Dark Green|