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The Fast-Growing Tree of the Forest: Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Are you ready to meet the tree that shakes up the forest? Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) is a deciduous tree species native to much of North America. From its stunning autumn leaves to its rapid growth rate, quaking aspen is a true standout in the plant world and naturalist. In this blog, we’ll answer some questions about the incredible characteristics, and discover why this tree is worth celebrating.

Where do Quaking Aspen grow?

It is found throughout most of Canada and the United States in the Rocky Mountains, and Great Lakes region, as well as in the Northeastern and Southeastern states. Quaking aspen grows best in cool and moist climates, with high annual precipitation and cool summers. They are also adapted to a wide range of soils, including loamy, sandy, and clay soils, growing at elevations ranging from sea level to over 3,000 meters (10,000 feet).
For this blog, we found this beautiful tree on the Timber Creek Campground in Ely, eastern Nevada, which is a popular destination for explorers, looking to experience the outdoors while still being close to all the excitement of the crazy city. If you like to discover this place, please check more information here.

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Quaking Aspen tree in Timber Creek Campground
Photo: Krystal Zuniga

Are Quaking Aspen fast growing?

Yes! Quaking aspen is an amazing pioneer specie, which means it is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a disturbance in the field, it can grow quickly and take advantage of the available light and resources. That’s why is often considered one of the fastest-growing tree species in North America. In optimal growing conditions, it can grow up to 10 feet in a single year; however, the rate of growth can vary depending on the specific growing conditions.

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Quaking Aspen forest
Photo: Krystal Zuniga

How Quaking Aspen spread?

Primarily by producing new shoots or shoots that grows into new plants. The ability to produce new shoots from underground roots is a process known as “suckering”. Over the time, a single parent tree can produce a large stand or “clone” of genetically identical trees, this process is known as “vegetative reproduction,” and it allows quaking aspen to spread and colonize new areas quickly.
In addition, quaking aspen also spreads through the production of seeds. The tree produces seeds that are dispersed by the wind, and when they land in a suitable location, they can germinate and grow into new trees.

Are Quaking Aspen deer resistant?

They are generally considered deer-resistant, meaning that deer are less likely to browse on its leaves and twigs compared to other tree species; however, the level of deer resistance can vary depending on the location and the availability of food sources. As well, this tree produce new shoots of roots up to 80 meters away, allowing the trees to be dispersed and have a better chance of survival.

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Can you see the eyes?
Photo: Krystal Zuniga

Quaking aspen is a truly unique and fascinating tree species that is native to much of North America. Whether you’re a gardener looking to add some beautiful fall color to your landscape, or you’re just looking to learn more about the trees in your area, quaking aspen is worth exploring. So go and take a closer look at these incredible trees, they have more to offer than you ever imagined!!

Author: Krystal Zuniga
Date: September 7th, 2022
Feature Photo: Krystal Zuniga

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