Populus tremuloides

Common name: Quaking Aspen

Native plant

Quaking Aspen is native to the Chicago area. Displays yellow fall color, cream-colored bark, and trembling leaves. Best placed in full sun in a naturalized setting. Grows very fast and suckers vigorously. CAUTION!! One plant will get you 10 plants in 2 years and 40 plants in 4 years! Also, deer (bucks) like to rub their antlers on the trunks. Quaking Aspen is one of the few trees in our nursery that the bucks bother.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color



Mature height
30 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
45 Feet
Max width
30 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds

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