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Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides 100 Seeds USA Company

Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides 100 Seeds USA Company

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Populus tremuloides, commonly known as quaking aspen or trembling aspen, is a deciduous tree native to North America. Here's a detailed description:

Appearance:

Quaking aspen is a medium-sized tree that typically grows to heights of 20 to 80 feet (6 to 24 meters), although exceptional specimens can reach up to 100 feet (30 meters) tall.

It has a slender, straight trunk with smooth, pale gray or white bark marked by black scars and dark knots.

The bark of younger trees may have a greenish tint.

The leaves of the quaking aspen are round to heart-shaped with finely serrated margins, and they are typically 1.5 to 3 inches (4 to 8 centimeters) in diameter.

One of the most distinctive features of the quaking aspen is its fluttering or "quaking" leaves, which tremble in the slightest breeze due to flattened petioles. This gives the tree its common name.

Leaves:

The leaves of the quaking aspen are bright green in spring and summer, turning to vibrant shades of yellow, gold, or orange in the fall, creating a striking display of autumn color.

They are arranged alternately along the branches and have long, flattened petioles that allow them to flutter in the wind.

Habitat and Distribution:

Quaking aspen is native to a wide range of habitats throughout North America, from Canada to Mexico.

It typically grows in moist, well-drained soils in forests, woodlands, and riparian areas.

The tree often forms extensive colonies through root suckers, creating large stands of genetically identical trees known as "clones."

Ecological Importance:

Quaking aspen plays a vital role in many North American ecosystems, providing habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species.

It is an important food source for browsing mammals such as deer, elk, and moose, particularly in winter when other food sources are scarce.

The tree also supports a diverse community of insects, birds, and small mammals.

Cultural and Practical Uses:

Quaking aspen wood is relatively soft and lightweight, making it suitable for a variety of applications, including pulpwood, plywood, and particleboard.

The tree has cultural significance for Indigenous peoples, who have used its wood for crafting and its bark for various medicinal purposes.

Quaking aspen is also valued for its ornamental qualities and is planted in parks, gardens, and landscapes for its attractive bark, vibrant foliage, and graceful form.

 

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