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Quaking Aspen

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  2-7

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun

Mature Height & Width:  40-50' Height and 20-25' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate/Fast - 12-24" or more per year on average

Moisture Requirements: Average soils

Plant Characteristics

Quaking Aspen

Populus tremuloides

The Quaking Aspen has a beautiful light colored bark with glossy green leaves in summer. The leaves shimmer and "quake" in the breeze displaying a spectacular show and a great fluttering sound. Quaking Aspen leaves turn bright yellow in fall before falling and leaving its bark on display as winter interest. This hardwood tree is common in the Rocky Mountains, through the upper Midwest and all of the Northeastern United States. The tree is very cold tolerant and will grow in zones 2 to 7.

The Quaking Aspen makes a great tree by itself in the landscape or planted in masses. Place this tree around your patio or hammock and enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful hardwood. This tree is not terribly shade tolerant and prefers full sun. The Quaking Aspen is commonly used as a screen for slower growing trees.  

Common uses for the Quaking Aspen include:

  • Ornamental, beautiful bark, trembling leaves
  • Fast growing tree
  • Fall color
  • Excellent wildlife value
  • Silver bark provides winter interest

The leaves of the Aspen are eaten by deer, elk and snowshoe hare.  When the leaves fall in autumn, it's a favorite of deer into early winter.  Beavers use this tree for food and building material and grouse are drawn to the buds as a source of food in the winter.

Product Questions

What is the best planting practice for 2'-3' seedings to be successful?
Question by: Scott Schroeder on Apr 30, 2022, 8:03 AM
Watering: Water during the crucial first year of growth is the most important component to ensure seedling survival. In the event your seedlings are not receiving 1” or more of rainfall each week, it will be necessary to provide supplemental watering.

Deep watering approximately once each week is more beneficial than frequent light watering. Deep watering is achieved when the soil at and around the root zone is thoroughly watered, not just the surface area. This forces roots to grow deeper in search of moisture. We suggest 1-2 gallons of water each week, per plant.

The exception to this guideline is when temperatures are warmer than 85F, the planting site is in an area with exposure to hot sun or wind or drought conditions. It is necessary to provide more frequent deep watering under any of those conditions, up to 2-3 times per week.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Apr 30, 2022, 12:34 PM