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Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Populus tremuloides

Aspen, Quaking

Plant TypeTree
Life CyclePerennial
DescriptionThe plant is so named because of the way the leaves all individually flutter in even slight breezes, due to their long, flexible leaf stalks. Aspens have a distinctive white bark, with occasional darker furrows. The bark on the young branches is grey with small light-colored spots. The leaves are broadly-rounded at the base and come to spade-shaped points. The leaf margins are finely scalloped with tiny waves in the edge, not pointy enough to be teeth and they have a distinctive lighter-colored vein structure.