Aspen is a member of the Poplar family normally native to the cooler regions of Europe and Asia although it can be found in northwest Africa. Known by several names, Populus Tremula, common aspen, quaking aspen and Eurasian aspen to name but a few. It is a large deciduous native tree with conspicuously toothed greyish-green leaves that as with most poplars will quiver in the slightest of breezes.
Aspen provides a wonderful habitat for wildlife such as insects, small mammals and birds, but has several uses in the lumber industry also. The majority of matches are made from the timber of this tree and the pulp is also used for writing paper, plywood and particle boards are also produced from the wood of aspen, along with it playing a part in renewable energy. As with other Aspens it can spread itself quite widely by suckers which can be found up to 40 metres from the parent plant. A very hardy plant it will cope with long cold winters and short summer periods and can live for a long time.
Ideal for planting in a park or a large garden Aspen or Populus Tremula, prefer plenty of light and a good supply of water for successful growth. This can result in a tree of approximately 40 metres tall with a diameter of about 1 metre. In late winter or early spring long grey catkins are produced before the new leaves appear and the serrated edged grey-green leaves turn a beautiful butter yellow colour in autumn.
Bare root plants being the most economical method for planting are only available from November through to March when they are dormant. This means that all the ground preparation can be done prior to delivery so that as soon as they arrive they can go straight in with the least trauma to the plant.
If you have any queries regarding the order or ground preparation of bare root plants or subsequent care please phone us and we will be only too happy to advise you.