At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Salicaceae
Latin Name: Populus tremuloides
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Golden to yellow
Bloom: Insignificant
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Narrow, rounded crown
Bark: Smooth, greenish white
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 1 to Zone 6
Size: 20 to 50 feet
Spread: 10 to 30 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil
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Native to the cooler regions of North America, the Quaking Aspen goes by as many names as it does zones—“Trembling Aspen”, “Quakie”, “Mountain Aspen”, “Golden Aspen”, “White Poplar”, “Popple”, and “American Aspen”; it is often confused with the Birch tree even though the Quaking Aspen’s bark does not peel. The species reaches a decent height of 20-50 ft., with a 10-30 ft. spread and a narrow rounded crown. The Quaking Aspen’s visual appeal begins from its trunk: slender, smooth, and gray or greenish-white, scarred with black horizontal stripes. A deciduous tree belonging to the family Salicaceae, the Quaking Aspen’s glossy dark green leaves are shed in the winter, but not before transforming into autumn shades of delicate gold and luminous bronze. It is the delicacy and flexibility of these petioles, trembling so easily at the slightest breeze, which contributed to the Quaking Aspen’s name.

The species thrives best in medium well-drained soils and favors full sun to partial shade. It propagates mainly through its roots (asexual reproduction), minimizing the significance of flowers and seeds. Its dioecious catkins appear in April and give way to fruit shaped like a string of capsules, with each capsule containing approximately ten seeds embedded in cottony fuzz. An individual Quaking Aspen lives an average of 50-60 years, although some such trees have been known to live for over a century and a half; the short lifespan is countered by the fact that new shoots are continuously springing up from the roots, creating clones that continue a tree’s legacy. Fast-growing, tall-standing, elegantly structured, and cheerfully colored, the Quaking Aspen is a favorable choice as a landscape plant in a spacious lot.

This species has geographically spread over 47 degrees of latitude (growing in hardiness zones 1-6) and 110 degrees of longitude (covering nine time zones!), boasting the widest natural range of any other in North America. It is the largest living grouped organism grows in clones that reproduce by spouts springing from roots. There is a group of Quaking Aspens situated in Utah, that has nearly 50,000 stems protruding from a single root system, covering over 100 acres and weighing over 6,000 tons.


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