Trembling Aspen

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Common name: TREMBLING ASPEN; Quaking Aspen; White Poplar

Most common tree in Saskatchewan; definitive tree of the parkland region.

Latin name: Populus tremuloides Michx

Type of tree: broadleaf (native)

  • Bark (colour and texture): smooth; white to greenish; turns gray and black streaked with age; white powder rubs off when touched
  • Leaves (shape, size, etc.): circular to heart shaped; finely toothed margins; leaf stalk is flattened causing leaves to flutter in wind; upper surface is dull
  • Form: slender; rounded crown

Height: 20 to 25 metres

Growth rate: fast

Fruit and flowers: catkins appear in early spring; fruit formed in pods that split to release woolly seeds in May and June; male and female flowers are borne on separate trees

Soil: grows on almost every type of soil; does best on moist, well-drained, sandy or gravelly loams

Limitations: shade intolerant