The quaking aspen and the bigtooth aspen are members of the willow family of trees. Bigtooth Aspen (Populus grandidentata) is a native deciduous tree, which grows throughout northeastern North America, including New York State and the Adirondack Mountains.It is also known as Largetooth Aspen, Poplar, or Popple. The species is able to adapt to a wide range of soils, though it is most abundant on sands, loamy sands and light sandy loams. Rapid height growth of suckers allows it to o… Sign up for the VIC Mailing List. If you look on the ground these days as yellow Trembling and Bigtooth Aspen leaves are falling, you may notice that small splotches of green remain in some of them. [3] Generally, four to five lateral roots originate from the tree, and then branch within 2 feet (60 cm); vertical, penetrating roots near the base anchor the tree. Unfortunately, the quaking aspen is subject to many diseases and insect invaders that shorten the lifespan of this attractive species. Estimate the size of the tree. Heights at maturity are around 60–80 feet (18–24 m) with diameters of 8–10 inches (20–25 cm). It cannot successfully reproduce under its own shade. Leaves are alternate and simple with a flat leaf stalk. 3 vols. University of Wisconsin. Male and female flowers are on separate trees (dioecious) in hanging clusters (catkins) from the leaf axils of 1 year old branch twigs. Found Online:, UFore Lab    Tree Nursery    Programs    People    Research, Educational Resources    Grant Projects    Students  Tree Identification    Gravel Beds, Featured Tree    Additional Resources  Plant Database    Communities    Directories. Bigtooth Aspen is not as common or quite as ornamental as its well-known sister, Quaking Aspen, but it is still a very nice ornamental tree with its nice big quaking leaves and smooth creamy to gray-tan bark that eventually ages to a gray-brown deeply furrowed bark on the lower trunks. Wildlife Value of the Bigtooth Aspen: Bigtooth Aspen provides both food and cover for wildlife. The wood weighs 27 pounds (12 kg) per foot and is light-colored, straight-grained, fine-textured, and soft. Roots are shallow and wide spreading; lateral root growth in a forest may be as far as 60 feet (18 m). See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information. Native American Ethnobotany.Â, Gordon W. Gullion and Franklin J. Svoboda. Donate, The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. Bark of younger trees is olive-green, thin and smooth; after 30–40 years, the bark is gray, thick and rough with grooves. Britton, N.L., and A. Like quaking aspen, bigtooth aspen is also fast growing, clonal with root suckers, and can be used for pulp wood.

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