Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides Michaux    Synonyms: Trembling Aspen.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Salicales   >   Family Salicaceae   >   Genus Populus   


A tree mostly of the North and the mountains.

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Modern Maryland records are only from high elevations in Garrett County. Grows in dry or moist soils, "reproducing "abundantly in burned over areas, often mainly by root sprouts" (Brown and Brown, 1972).


Host plant for various butterfly species including Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

Host plant to various moth species including Green Aspen Leafroller Moth, Dusky Leafroller Moth, Serviceberry Leafroller Moth, Banded Olethreutes Moth, Olethreutes glaciana, Gypsonoma substitutionis, Pseudexentera oregonana, American Dagger Moth, Banded Tussock Moth, Black-rimmed Prominent Moth, Elegant Prominent Moth, Common Gluphisia Moth, Four-spotted Gluphisia Moth, and Black-etched Prominent Moth (Database of World's Lepidopteran Host Plants, Miller et al., 2018, Gilligan, Wright, & Gibson, 2008).

"Eaten by beavers and used in construction of their dams" (Brown and Brown, 1972).

There are 15 records in the project database.

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Quaking Aspen leaves in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/9/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

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