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Populus tremuloides Michx.
quaking aspen



General Information
Symbol: POTR5
Group: Dicot
Family: Salicaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Tree
Native Status: CAN   N
SPM   N
L48   N
AK   N
Characteristics
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Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   

Images

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©J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS NPDC. United States, CO, Jefferson Co., Evergreen. July 15, 2001. Usage Requirements.

©J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS NPDC. United States, CO, Jefferson Co., Evergreen. July 15, 2001. Usage Requirements.

©J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS NPDC. United States, CO, Jefferson Co., Evergreen. July 15, 2001. Usage Requirements.

Herman, D.E., et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Administration, Bismarck. Courtesy of ND State Soil Conservation Committee. Provided by USDA NRCS ND State Office. United States, ND. Usage Requirements.

Herman, D.E., et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Administration, Bismarck. Courtesy of ND State Soil Conservation Committee. Provided by USDA NRCS ND State Office. United States, ND. Usage Requirements.

Herman, D.E., et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Administration, Bismarck. Courtesy of ND State Soil Conservation Committee. Provided by USDA NRCS ND State Office. United States, ND. Usage Requirements.

Herman, D.E., et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Administration, Bismarck. Courtesy of ND State Soil Conservation Committee. Provided by USDA NRCS ND State Office. United States, ND. Usage Requirements.

©Susan McDougall. Trees Live Here. United States, WA, Conboy Lake. October 19, 2001. Usage Requirements.

©Al Schneider. Southwest Colorado Wildflowers. United States, CO, NM, AZ, UT, Four Corners vicinity, within 150 miles of the corners. Usage Requirements.

©Jeff McMillian. Courtesy of Almost Eden. United States, CO. Usage Requirements.

©Jeff McMillian. Courtesy of Almost Eden. United States, CO. Usage Requirements.

J.E. Broaddus. Provided by National Agricultural Library. Originally from US Forest Service. United States, UT, Wasatch National Forest. 1911. Usage Requirements.

W.D. Brush. Provided by National Agricultural Library. Originally from US Forest Service. United States, PA. Usage Requirements.

W.D. Brush. Provided by National Agricultural Library. Originally from US Forest Service. United States, PA. Usage Requirements.

W.D. Brush. Provided by National Agricultural Library. Originally from US Forest Service. United States, PA. Usage Requirements.

R.S. Kellog. Provided by National Agricultural Library. Originally from US Forest Service. United States, AK, Chugach National Forest. 1909. Usage Requirements.

E.S. Shipp. Provided by National Agricultural Library. Originally from US Forest Service. United States, CO, Roosevelt National Forest. 1927. Usage Requirements.

Provided by National Agricultural Library. Originally from US Forest Service. United States, AZ. Usage Requirements.

©Mark W. Skinner. United States, CA, Alpine Co. April 11, 1992. Usage Requirements.

©Gary A. Monroe. United States, ID, Owyhee Co., Silver City Area. November 3, 1968. Usage Requirements.

©Al Schneider. Southwest Colorado Wildflowers. United States, CO, NM, AZ, UT, Four Corners vicinity, within 150 miles of the corners. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 590. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team, Fort Worth, TX. Usage Requirements.

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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name
POAU8 Populus aurea Tidestr.
POCE6 Populus cercidiphylla Britton
POTRT Populus tremula L. ssp. tremuloides (Michx.) Á. Löve & D. Löve
POTRA Populus tremuloides Michx. var. aurea (Tidestr.) Daniels
POTRC2 Populus tremuloides Michx. var. cercidiphylla (Britton) Sudw.
POTRI2 Populus tremuloides Michx. var. intermedia Vict.
POTRM Populus tremuloides Michx. var. magnifica Vict.
POTRR Populus tremuloides Michx. var. rhomboidea Vict.
POTRV Populus tremuloides Michx. var. vancouveriana (Trel.) Sarg.
POVA11 Populus vancouveriana Trel.
POPO12 Populus ×polygonifolia Bernard

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Salicales
Family Salicaceae – Willow family
Genus Populus L. – cottonwood
Species Populus tremuloides Michx. – quaking aspen

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Alaska FACU
Arid West FACU
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FAC
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FAC
Great Plains FAC
Midwest FAC
Northcentral & Northeast FACU
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACU
Northcentral & Northeast
Northcentral Great Lakes FAC

Wildlife

Food

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Martin Moderate Moderate Moderate
Quinlan Minor Minor Low

Cover

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Martin
Quinlan Moderate

Sources

Martin, A.C., H.S. Zim, and A.L. Nelson. 1951. American wildlife and plants: A guide to wildlife food habits. Dover Publications. New York.
Quinlan, S.E., and S. Cuccarese. 2004. Native Alaskan and exotic plants used by wildlife. Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Anchorage.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover