Aspen (Populus tremula)
Populus tremula, "The quaking aspen light and thin" of a 17th century poem, only lives for 50 years. Their leaves tremble in even the lightest wind and make a noise like a "rustling whisper". Aspen are common throughout Europe, partly as they regenerate so quickly; although individual trees are short lived they spread by sucker. Aspen demand light and are wind tolerant - a good pioneer species - and also like heavy damp conditions, so can be used to improve clay soils.
Aspen's habit means they are often associated with a rich understory of wildflowers. They support over 90 insects and are the food plant of the Green Hairstreak. Aspen do best in cooler climes and were among the first species to re-establish themselves in Britain in the post-glacial period. Like other Populus, they grow extremely quickly and make a good screening tree.
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Please note that standard sizes relate to tree girths in cm. See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting Aspen trees.
Our Aspen trees are all bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders placed for Aspen between March and October are confirmed for dispatch from November.
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