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Quaking Aspen

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The Quaking Aspen is a favorite native tree. Aspens are fast growing, but they also give you incredible color. Beautiful heart shaped leaves turn bright yellow in the fall.

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Quaking Aspen

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• Known for climate and soil adaptability 
• Grows up to 5 ft per year!
• Gorgeous fall color

The Quaking Aspen is well known for thriving in cold climates and poor soil... but it's also a brightly colored tree with many desirable characteristics.

Your new tree will give you bright yellow leaves in the fall – stunning against its white bark.

Quaking Aspens, native to North America, are very popular in northern growing zones... and for good reason.

You know fall is on its way when your Aspen trees begin turning bright gold.

An amazing tree in every sense, the Quaking Aspen gets its name from its shimmering heart-shaped leaves. Called “quaking” for its characteristic tremble or quake when a light breeze passes through the tree.

Grows best in Growing Zones 2-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Growing Zones: 2-6

Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 20-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Populus tremuloides
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 2-6
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 2-6
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It's Easy to Plant your Quaking Aspen


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Quaking Aspen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Quaking Aspen gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Quaking Aspen again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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The house I moved into had Quaking Aspen trees in the back yard. They are wonderful shade trees. However, the leaves began to fall at the end of June and kept falling until winter. My yard always had leaves in it
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December 31, 2012
Aspens are a great, fast growing tree. I have planted them on a hill above my lawn and they have grown to 40 feet tall in ten years
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Will this tree grow in zone 8?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: It isn't recommended. The recommended zones are 1 through 7. I live in zone 7 and the Quaking Aspen does well. I would think that there is a risk that zone 8 may be too warm. However, if you keep the tree well watered, you may get away with it.
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Won't a quaking aspen start sending up shoots all over my yard? Is there any way to enjoy an aspen w/o getting shoots?
brandon on Jun 12, 2014
Best Answer: Fast Growing Trees has sterile Quaking Aspen Trees. They don't produce shoots or tuns of baby trees.
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Will this tree grow in central Illnois ?
Stephen N on Jun 22, 2014
Best Answer: I bought ten last summer, and only one made it through the brutally hot summer and rough winter we had. I personally don;t think it was the ability for the plant to survive, I think the quality of the little sapplings I received was not very good to start with. So I now have one $300 aspen tree trying to set itself into place.
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Are the quaking aspens shipped bare root or in a pot? if in a pot, what size pot?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: The Quaking Aspen Tree is currently being shipped in a pot, unless the pot is too large for shipment. Then the tree is removed from its pot and the roots and wrapped in burlap.
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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Quaking Aspen can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.