Populus tremuloides

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Populus tremuloides
  • COMMON NAME: Quaking Aspen
  • FAMILY: Salicaceae
  • NATIVITY: Alaska to Pennsylvania to the northern piedmont of Georgia
  • GROWTH HABIT: 40-50’
  • HARDINESS:  USDA Zone 1 to 6 (7)
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Grows best in moist-dry soils with full sun; often found along stream sides and
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS:  Successional
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS: None defined
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  The fluttering of the leaves are attractive on this species but prone to diseases hurt this cultivation.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, simple, orbicular in shape with an acuminate apex, long petiole.  The long petiole allows the leaves a fine, flowy texture in the wind, hence the name.  Good golden fall color.
  • BUDS:  Elongated, glossy buds are sharply pointed and reddish brown
  • BARK:  Lighter gray in color and fairly smooth with gently spaced lenticels.
  • FRUIT:  Dioecious, flowers as catkins in the early spring.
  • PESTS:  Aphids, Aspen borers, scales, leafminers
University of Delaware

University of Delaware Botanic GardensNewark, DE 19716Phone: 302 831-0153