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Native Plant Guide

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quaking aspen

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quaking aspen
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Populus tremuloides

Deciduous Tree

Height: 60 ft.

Availability: Medium

Growing ease: High

Moisture req.: moist - wet

Exposure req.: sun


Plant description:

Quaking aspen often forms attractive thickets with leaves that flutter in the breeze making a pleasant rustling noise Although more common at higher elevations, and eastern Washington, occasional stands are found in the western Washington lowlands. These plants will sucker and spread so plant where this is a desirable trait. The tree appeals to people and wildlife alike.

Keywords: aggressive, birds, butterflies, fast, spreading, upright