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Quaking Aspen

Populus tremuloides

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (yellow-green)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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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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

Wellington, Colorado

Victor, Idaho

Itasca, Illinois

Mchenry, Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

Denison, Iowa

Pacific Junction, Iowa

Burlington, Kentucky

Medfield, Massachusetts

Tecumseh, Michigan

Bemidji, Minnesota

Brainerd, Minnesota

Crosslake, Minnesota

Reno, Nevada

Egg Harbor City, New Jersey

Roswell, New Mexico

Fultonville, New York

Hudson, Ohio

Youngstown, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Brookville, Pennsylvania

Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Orem, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

South Jordan, Utah

Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Twisp, Washington

De Pere, Wisconsin (2 reports)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Neenah, Wisconsin

West Bend, Wisconsin

Lander, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

I first saw this species in central Minnesota where it is called Poppel, and is a widespread and dominant tree around there as it is in much of the Rocky Mountains. People in the northwoods of MN consider it often as a weed that spreads a lot by underground roots; 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. In the northwoods it lives about 50 to 100 years and grows about 2 to 4 feet/year. It is short-lived in the Chicago area of ab... read more


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.


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.


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 nei... read more


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.


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.


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.