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Populus tremuloides

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Populus (POP-yoo-lus) (Info)
Species: tremuloides (trem-yoo-LOY-deez) (Info)

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 1: below -45.6 C (-55 F)
USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Dec 3, 2013, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I first saw this species in central Minnesota where it is called Poppel, and is widespread around there. People there consider it often as a weed. it is not. It is a beautiful ornamental tree with smooth white bark and good fall color. Some nuseries in northern ILL grow it. I knew of one landscaper from McKay Nursery in southern WI who liked to plant bareroot trees in the Chicago area. I once saw one little spot of a few wild aspens along the "prairie path" in Warrenville, IL. Some patches of it are found in southern WI and a lot more in central WI. It is short-lived in the Chicago area of about 20 to 30 years, dying from canker disease, but I think it is worth growing some in a yard. It does not spread around in Chicagoland by underground roots or stems.

Positive Nkytree On Aug 28, 2012, Nkytree from Burlington, KY wrote:

The new cultivar 'Prairie Gold' from southeastern Nebraska, and released by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum has proven to be well adapted to lower elevation conditions. I have trialed it at my home, and a nearby Arboretum is also trying in our local climate. So far, so good.

Aspens are best in natural areas as groves. The root systems should never be distrubed as this encourages suckering. Few if any other trees can offer the visual and audible impact that an aspen can on a windy day. They are truly facinating to see and hear.

Neutral Larch16 On Aug 29, 2011, Larch16 from Kamloops, BC (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful trees especially when the wind blows through the leaves. Very fast growing so they make a great tree when a tree is needed quick. However, the new trees coming off the roots will take over even after being cut back year after year. The sap also attracts wasps and hornets.

Negative BoPo On Jun 28, 2011, BoPo from Milwaukee, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Yes, this is a very fast growing tree. Like a WEED. It will send runners all over your yard, your neighbors yard, and your neighbors neighbors yard. It will send shoots around your yard and planting beds that you will have to mow and pull out unless you want more trees. Every where you dig, you will run into its roots.

This plant is a weed. A huge mistake for 1st time homeowners who didn't know any better. Don't plant it. EVER.

They are known to hollow out with age, making it weak, which is a liability when planted near any home or any structure.

If you care for the foundation of your home, the integrity of your soil, the life span of your planting beds or your lawn, your relationship with your neighbors, keep this tree out of your neighborhood.

Positive jimbodw07 On Aug 4, 2010, jimbodw07 from Pinon Hills, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Aspen trees are quite hardy! I have a couple of these guys in my yard and they do well under 90 to 100 degree heat. Just make sure they are watered every now and then and they should be happy.

Positive bayliss On Jun 3, 2006, bayliss from Fultonville, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful tress - great in groups. Spreads very easily and grows fast. Green leaves that turn golden in fall. Wonderful in the wind. One note of warning is that they seem to be pretty susceptible to bugs/diseases.

Positive jsandco On Oct 21, 2004, jsandco from West Bend, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a very fast growing tree. Can be considered invasive as it suckers, but the suckers are easily removed with a quick tug. If you have room to let it go, you will have a nice grove of trees in a few years. Especially good on hillsides.The leaves shimmer in the slightest breeze which looks pretty and sounds wonderful. Has golden fall color. The pale grey bark is attractive in winter. Withstands almost any soil moisture level. One word of warning; keep this and all poplars away form water pipes, their roots will invade them. This tree is fairly short lived.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
Prescott, Arizona (2 reports)
Pinon Hills, California
San Bernardino, California
Brighton, Colorado
Durango, Colorado
Loveland, Colorado
Victor, Idaho
Itasca, Illinois
Mchenry, Illinois
Wheaton, Illinois
Denison, Iowa
Burlington, Kentucky
Medfield, Massachusetts
Tecumseh, Michigan
Brainerd, Minnesota
Reno, Nevada
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
Roswell, New Mexico
Fultonville, New York
Salem, Oregon
Orem, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Twisp, Washington
De Pere, Wisconsin (2 reports)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Neenah, Wisconsin
West Bend, Wisconsin
Lander, Wyoming

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