There is a certain air of melancholy in a stand of quaking aspens. Maybe it’s the fluttering whispering of the leaves in the cool breeze or the beauty of the bare white trunks. Or could it be the golden light produced when the autumn sun shines through the amazing yellow foliage?

Quaking aspen, or Populus tremuloides, is a North American native that grows east of the Cascades. And it grows at a prodigious rate, 3 to 4 feet a year. It typically reaches 35 to 40 feet tall in cultivation though it can reach 70 feet or more. These beautiful trees are suitable for any number of landscape situations such as quick screens, reclamations, or naturalised settings. It has the beautiful cream-colored bark; pale, silvery catkins; and the famous dancing leaves, lustrous dark green above, pale beneath, which flutter in the slightest breeze, hence the name quaking or trembling aspen. And finally, what tree in the world has a yellow to rival its autumn foliage? A grove of aspens, with their canary yellow leaves framed against a clear blue sky is simply one of the sights of nature.

Quaking aspen


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