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Quaking Aspen

A quaking aspen The leaf of a quaking aspen Bark of a quaking aspen
A quaking aspen
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The leaf of a quaking aspen
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Bark of a quaking aspen
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Scientific Name: Populus tremuloides

Range: throughout North America 
Height: 20 to 60 ft
Form: narrow, rounded crown
Type: deciduous tree 
Leaves: 1 to 3 inches long


Light, fluffy seed of the quaking aspen

Light, fluffy seed of the quaking aspen
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Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) is the most widely distributed tree in North America. It is known by many names: trembling aspen, golden aspen, mountain aspen, popple, poplar, trembling poplar, and in Spanish, álamo blanco, and álamo temblón. It grows on many soil types, especially sandy and gravelly slopes, and it is quick to pioneer disturbed sites where there is bare soil. This fast-growing tree is short lived and pure stands are gradually replaced by slower-growing species. The light, soft wood has very little shrinkage and high grades of aspen are used for lumber and wooden matches. Most aspen wood goes into pulp and flake-board, however. Many kinds of wildlife also benefit from this tree.