United States Edition

Quaking Aspen   

Populus tremuloides

Belonging to the Populus genus, Quaking Aspen has a botanical name of Populus tremuloides.

Native Americans used the sap for food. This tree has also been used medicinally to treat fever and eczema, as a diuretic and a wormer. It contains salicin, an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent similar in chemical structure to aspirin.

Leaves appear approximately as a   Fern green and   Laurel green colour. Quaking Aspen grows as a deciduous and is a semi-edible ornamental. Being a Deciduous plant, it will shed its leaves annually. Quaking Aspen is known for its tree habit and growing to a height of approximately 25.00 metres (81.25 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid spring. Try planting Quaking Aspen if you'd like to attract birds to your garden.

United States is believed to be where Quaking Aspen originates from.

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How to grow Quaking Aspen

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Will adapt to most any soil conditions. Does not like high heat or humidity.1

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 1 - Zone 6 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Quaking Aspen is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Quaking Aspen to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Quaking Aspen from seed

Transplanting Quaking Aspen

As Quaking Aspen is very hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Common Quaking Aspen problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Quaking Aspen plants:

Quaking Aspen Etymology

This tree is so named because of its characteristic leaves, which tremble in a light breeze due to their flattened petioles.

Quaking Aspen Folklore & Trivia

The Pando clonal colony of Quaking Aspen, located in the Fishlake National Forest in Utah, is a single living organism sharing a massive root system. Its collective weight is estimated to be 6,000,000 kg (6,600 short tons), making it the heaviest known organism. Pando’s root system, estimated 80,000 years of age, also makes it among the oldest known living organisms.

Other names for Quaking Aspen

Aspen, Quaking Asp, Trembling Poplar, Poplar, Popple, Golden Aspen, Mountain Aspen, American Aspen, White Poplar, Quakies

Quaking Aspen care instructions

How long does Quaking Aspen take to grow?

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Popular varieties of Quaking Aspen

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