Common Name: Quaking Aspen
Type: Tree or Shrub
Light Exposure: Full Sun To Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Height: 40 to 100 feet
Blooms From September to October
Quaking Aspen is the most abundant and widespread tree in Minnesota today and the most common Populus species in North America. The huge stands across northern Minnesota are the result of clear cutting our expansive pine forests a century ago. Fire suppression has also allowed it to expand into historical prairie habitats were subsoil moisture is adequate to sustain it through dry periods. In the winter months its bark could be confused with other Populus species but its small, shiny and hairless buds that are not coated with resin distinguishes it from other similar species.