Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

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Slender trees with white bark growing in clustered groves; leaves semi-round with tiny teeth, "quaking" in the slightest breeze; growing in the north or the Rocky Mountains.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Typically in pure stands, in clustered groves; often colonizing burned or clear-cut areas and growing quickly and thickly; growing in northern North America and in the Rocky Mountains at medium to high elevations.

Stature: 50-60 feet high; to 2 feet in diameter; with a rounded crown; branches slender.

Leaves: Semi-round, with a fairly indistinct point; 1.5-3 inches across; yellowish green, turning golden yellow in the fall; with very tiny, rounded-off teeth; thin; firm; stems to 3 inches long, flattened.

Bark: Thin; more or less smooth; whitish or sometimes with an olive cast; often loosely furrowed near the extreme base of the trunk.

Ansel Adams Images at U Michigan Museum of Art

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Populus tremuloides

Populus tremuloides

Populus tremuloides

Populus tremuloides

Populus tremuloides

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