Quaking Aspen, Mount Moran, Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Aspen: A Facts sheet

Quaking Aspen, Mount Moran, Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Quaking Aspen (Facts – 1): Botanically this tree is known as Populus tremuloides and usually it is referred as Aspen.

Quaking Aspen (Facts-2): Some people also call it as “quaking aspen, trembling aspen, American aspen, Quakies, mountain or golden aspen, trembling poplar, white poplar, popple.

Quaking Aspen (Facts-3): The forests of this phenomenal tree are widespread in the high plateaus and mountain ranges of North America from the northeastern coastal regions till Alaska.

Quaking Aspens are also known as Golden Aspens

Quaking Aspen (Facts-4): Some of the collections of these trees are also found in the rocky mountain regions of the central Mexico.

Quaking Aspen (Facts-5): A tall, fast growing tree, usually 20–25 meters (66–82 ft) at maturity, with a trunk 20–80 centimeters (7.9–31 in) in diameter; records are 36.5 meters (120 ft) in height and 1.37 meters (4.5 ft) in diameter.

Quaking Aspen (Facts-6): The leaves on mature trees are nearly round, 4–8 centimeters (1.6–3.1 in) in diameter with small rounded teeth, and a 3–7 centimeters (1.2–2.8 in) long, flattened petiole. Young trees (including root sprouts) have much larger—10–20 centimeters (3.9–7.9 in) long—nearly triangular leaves.

Glittering Aspen Leaves are real gold !

Quaking Aspen (Facts-7): The flowers are catkins 4–6 centimeters (1.6–2.4 in) long, produced in early spring before the leaves while the fruit is a 10-centimetre (3.9 in) long pendulous string of 6-millimetre (0.24 in) capsules.

Quaking Aspen (Facts-8): The most distinguished fact of this tree it’s the color changing nature of its clones especially in the times of leafing and falls.

Quaking Aspen (Facts-9): Aspen bark contains a substance that was extracted by Native Americans and the pioneers of the American West as a quinine substitute. On the other hand, the leaves are a great source for caterpillars of various Lepidoptera.

Quaking Aspen (Facts-10): Aspen stands are in decline on the Colorado Plateau. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that between 1962 and 1986, aspen stands have declined by 46% in Arizona and New Mexico.

Maroon Bells at Sunrise with Aspen beauty -Colorado

A Fantastic video capture of Quaking Aspen and Rocky Mountains

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