- Fast-growing tree
- Stunning golden-yellow foliage in fall
- Striking, iconic white bark
- Grows 40' to 50' high with 25' spread
- Zones 1 to 7
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, HI
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Zones 1 - 7
The Quaking Aspen can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Quaking Aspen falls into the following type(s): Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
40' - 50' High
The Quaking Aspen grows to be 40' - 50' feet in height.
20' - 30' Spread
The Quaking Aspen has a spread of about 20' - 30' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. [More about this.]
This aspen does well in full sun.
The Quaking Aspen grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
This aspen has oval shape.
The Quaking Aspen enjoys many claims to tree fame. Thanks to its tiny, fluffy seeds that are carried far and wide by the wind, and to its tolerance to many soil conditions, it is one of the first trees to spring up after forest fires. In Autumn, the stunning yellow foliage brightens the landscape and finds its way onto calendar pages and magazine covers.
The leaves of the Aspen are eaten by snowshoe hare, deer, and elk. Fallen leaves are avidly taken by deer in fall and early winter. It is an important food supply and building material for beaver. Grouse depend on the buds for winter food. Also a host to myriad birds and butterflies.
The slightest breeze will cause the leaves of this tree to tremble or "quake", thus the name. The Onondagas are said to have called quaking aspen "nut-kie-e," meaning "nosiy leaf." Unaided, this humble but sturdy little tree has restored many of the forests that man has destroyed, and when cultivated, has replenished many harvested forests within 50 years.
Aspen holds the title to the strange claim of being the largest living organism. The reason is that aspens grow in stands (called clones) and reproduce primarily by sending up sprouts from their roots. This means that virtually all the trees in a clone are connected. One clone in Utah was observed to have 47,000 stems. It's estimated that this interlinked organism weighs 6,000 tons. And how about age records? While individual aspen trees live a vigorous 100-150 years, a clone in Minnesota has been estimated to be 8,000 years old, making it one of the oldest living things on earth.
Grows best where moisture is abundant.
This tree's leaves are round and triangular, with small teeth on the margins and arranged alternately on the branches.
Silvery in color.
As its name suggests, the leaves of the Quaking Aspen tremble at the slightest breeze, creating a visual wonder with a soothing accompaniment of sound. The Quaking Aspen is a fast-growing, widely distributed tree, with a narrow, rounded crown. The glossy green leaves that shimmer in summertime turn golden-yellow in autumn, accented by the white and cream bark with hints of soft green. This tree is tolerant of many soils and should be planted in full sun. It will grow to a mature height of 40'-50' with a 25' spread. (Zones 1-7)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.