This medium-sized native tree is an excellent pioneer plant for planting on sandy or gravelly soil, withstanding unfavourable climates better than any other Poplar. The attractive triangular-shaped leaves appear late, and stay on the tree late into the autumn when they turn to yellow autumn colours. The Aspen is a good tree to use against noise pollution, since the leaves tremble and quiver at the slightest gust of wind, distracting one’s attention from other sounds.
Fruit: Female catkins open when ripe to release lots of white cottony hairs that carry the seeds.
Timber: The timber is soft and light white in colour, it is excellent for matches and paper pulp.
Soil Types / Habitat: It tolerates a wide variety. It has a wide range of habitats from wet lowland to mountain ledges, it does not grow well in dry areas.