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.   🌎︎ Map by county 🌎︎ map.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file   🌳︎ State tree of Utah.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Populus hosts caterpillars of 367 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  This plant is also known to be a host for (in areas where invasive) 🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula.

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]

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  genus Picea and fir  genus Abies, until again invigorated by the next cycle of fire.

Propagation protocol.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file


[1]  "Clonal colony."  Wikipedia.   Accessed .

[2]  "This Tree Started Growing During the Viking Age."  Live Science.  .   Accessed .

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