Maine Tree Club
Genus: The scientific name for the quaking aspen is Populous tremloides.
Height: The height for the quaking aspen is 60-75 feet tall, with a diameter of 10-16 inches.
Soil: The quaking aspen likes all soil except the wettest swamps. It likes sandy areas. One of the many plants that grow under the quaking aspen is the Blue Bead Lily.
Bark: The quaking aspen's bark is dark brown with bumps everywhere. Young trees have smooth greenish-cream colored bark.
Leaves: The quaking aspen's leaves are 1/2-3 inches long. They are dark green and shiny. It's a deciduous tree which means its leaves change color and fall off in the fall. The leaves are trianguler with a rounded base.
Fruit: The fruit is in small capsules along the stem. They are thin, walled, and narrow. They ripen in June.
Wood: The wood of a quaking aspen is soft and not that durable. People use the wood for pulp and plywood.
Twigs: The twigs are brown and have little capsules on them.
Interesting Facts: The quaking aspen and the bigtooth aspen usually grow near each other because they arerelated. The quaking aspen is a fast growing tree that spreads quicklythrough an empty area. Usually the quaking aspen's leaves turn a bright yellow color in the fall. The wood is soft and rots easily. The flattened stem allows a slight breeze to flutter the leaves and that is how the quaking aspen got its name.