Quaking Aspen / Poplar, Large Trees

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General Info Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun
Area Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Wet
Type Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour

Populus tremula (Standard)

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  Buy 3 or more bareroot trees and save

SIZES 1-2 3-910+
200/250 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £54.96Out of Stock£49.98Out of Stock£46.98
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £89.94Out of Stock£74.94Out of Stock£69.96
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £124.98Sold out for the season£104.40Sold out for the season£94.44
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



Poplar, Aspen - Standard needs...
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    Tree Planting Pack

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Populus tremula: Bareroot Quaking Aspen / Poplar Trees in Standard Sizes

The Common European, Quaking, or Trembling Aspen has long, thin leaf stems and broad, oval shaped, leaves with a wavy outline. They wobble even when there is no wind, and begin to flutter in the smallest breeze. It is a native, deciduous tree whose slender trunk has pale, slightly creamy bark, topped with a lollipop shaped canopy. It is noted for supporting a wide range of butterfly and moth larvae.
Before the leaves come out in early spring, male trees produce lovely red and grey catkins that look uncannily like big fuzzy caterpillars. Female trees have plain green catkins that erupt in tiny, white haired, wind-borne seeds: we do not sell female poplar trees because these seeds are a real nuisance.
The Autumn colour is bright, clean yellow.

Old Aspens have an extraordinary suckering habit: there is a famous tree in Wales that has at least a thousand suckering trunks and covers a hectare. It won't be taking over your garden though: the Welsh tree is several centuries old, and the original trunk is long gone. In any case, a thicket of suckers creates a valuable wildlife habitat.

This vigorous and tidy tree is great for a medium to large sized garden. They can reach a height of about 25 metres.

Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can buy younger Populus tremula saplings.
Browse our variety of large garden trees, or all our trees.

Delivery season: Poplar trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 25m
  • Soil: Ideally wet, needs plenty of sun
  • Native
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Quaking Aspen / Poplar

Hardy and wind resistant, it needs a lot of sun and really loves a moist to wet soil, but with help it can establish on poor, dry soils as well. White poplar is probably a better choice for shallow chalk 

Try not to prune them if you don't want them to start to sucker.  

Did You Know?

Also known as the haps tree. Being so light and easy to work, the wood is one of the most common sources of timber for matches, and is good for paper.

The American aspen, Populus tremuloides, is very similar and has the same common names of trembling or quaking.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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