Also called Quakies, American aspen, golden aspen, 🗻︎ mountain aspen, trembling aspen, trembling poplar, white poplar, popple, and more.  Part of aspen/cottonwood/poplar  genus Populus in willow  family Salicaceae.

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada, and northern or 🗻︎ mountainous 🇺🇸 USA.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Populus hosts caterpillars of 367 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Propagation protocol (.pdf).

Aspen is well-adapted to 🔥︎ fire—after a fire, it produces new trunks from the its roots or trunk base.  Aspen often grows with jack pine  Pinus banksiana —after a fire, both grow fast and eventually would get shaded out by spruce and fir, until again invigorated by the next cycle of fire.

Often grows in clonal colonies [1] —look around for other stems!  "A clonal colony of quaking aspen in Utah called Pando is thought to be at least 80,000 years old." [2]


[1]  "Clonal colony."  Wikipedia.   Accessed 2019-08-03.

[2]  "This Tree Started Growing During the Viking Age."  Live Science.  2016-08-22.   Accessed 2019-08-03.

Learn more about quaking aspen Populus tremuloides

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