Quaking Aspen
Leaf Characteristics
  • broad, flat
  • simple
  • not lobed
  • fine, double teeth
  • all teeth same size
  • long stem, wide leaf
  • rounded, without glands
  • many, fine teeth
Quaking Aspen
Fruit Characteristics
  • other fruit (not cone, winged, acorn, or in pod or capsule)
  • fruit in small capsules along stem
  • capsule with floss and disk at base
  • thin walled, narrow
Quaking Aspen
Populus tremuloides

The smaller, finer teeth on the leaves of this aspen contrast with those of the Bigtooth Aspen. The tree will grow in almost any soil except in the wettest swamps. As with its "bigtoothed" relative, it is a "pioneer" tree, growing readily in burned-over areas and unused fields. In northern Ohio this tree is common. In the southern part of the state it is widely distributed, but more local and less common. Human and animal use of the Quaking Aspen is similar to that of the Bigtooth Aspen.

Tree Size height 20' - 60' diameter 1' - 2' Bark