Populus tremuloides

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Species Name: Populus tremuloides
Common Name: Quaking Aspen

Usually found at high elevations. Beautiful leaves turn golden yellow in the fall and flutter wildly in any breeze. Recommended for erosion control near streams. Spreads by underground roots to form large colonies.

Plant Family: Salicaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 20-80' H x 15-25' W
Growth Habit: Tall, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Klamath Range, North Coast Range Highlands, Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, San Bernardino Mountains, Great Basin
Natural Habitat: Streamsides, moist openings and slopes in montane and subalpine forests, woodlands, sagebrush steppe from 5200-10,500'

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.