Populus tremuloides
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Populus tremuloides

quaking aspen
trembling aspen

  family salicaceae 
  genus populus 

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Genus  Populus Species  tremuloides Variety  Cultivar  Common names  quaking aspen   trembling aspen   quiverleaf Family  SALICACEAE Specimen number  S13913 Data source  Allergy p258;HtZn p158;MedPl p253
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  40' - 90' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Dry to moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Populus tremuloides has an attractive autumn display of leaves. One of the common garden uses for this plant is in areas with seaside conditions. Keep a watchful eye on this because it tends to be invasive. Quaking aspen (also known as trembling aspen and quiverleaf) can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30 Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. Full sun is best for growing this species. It prefers dry to moist soils. This plant can survive for a while without water.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses  Seaside conditions Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  yes Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  leaves turn yellow in fall Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  Mar 01 - May 31 Adverse qualities  Invasive
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  anti-inflammatory   antiarthritic   stimulant   anorexia remedy   astringent   antiseptic   analgesic Medicinal parts  Bark Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Populus tremuloides has numerous traditional medicinal uses. Some of its many uses are: as an anti-inflammatory, as an antiarthritic, as a stimulant and as an anorexia remedy. More uses are listed in the medicinal properties section. Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the bark. This anemophilous species has only a light pollen count during hay fever season. Hay fever season usually extends from March to May.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Populus tremuloides is a native plant in the natural environment that occurs throughout Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada and Cascades.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Populus tremuloides is a woody perennial. Leaves: Quaking aspen (locally known in some parts as trembling aspen and quiverleaf) has leaves that quiver in the slightest of breezes.

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