The glossy green leaves, dull beneath, become golden to yellow, rarely red, in autumn. This medicine can come to you on a daily or regular basis or it can also be a part of your birth totems in the Native American tradition. Aspen trees are all native to cold regions with cool summers, in the north of the northern hemisphere, extending south at high-altitude areas such as mountains or high plains.They are all medium-sized deciduous trees reaching 15–30 m (49–98 ft) tall. The Blackfoot used the bark as fodder to feed their horses in the winter. The pulp makes fine paper.
Propagation: similar to willows, fresh seed germinates readily. The Apache, Chiricahua, and Mescalero scraped off the inner bark of the tree and baked into the form of a cake to eat. Discovering the medicine and lessons learned from the spirits of animals and all living things. They are beautiful all year, but especially in the fall. All of its names refer to how the leaves will quiver with the slightest breeze.
Planted in groves it can make a spectacular display, but it should not be planted where suckering growth may cause problems to sewers, drainage systems or other utilities. It is commonly called quaking aspen, trembling aspen, American aspen, mountain or golden aspen, trembling poplar, white poplar, and popple, as well as others. *All photographs on this site were taken by Dana, Edmund or Sky Bressette unless otherwise noted. Diagnostic Characters: The most important diagnostic character for Quaking Aspen is the flexible, laterally flattened petioles (leaf stalks). View all posts by Beverly Two Feathers. Your email address will not be published. The aspen tree range extends from Newfoundland and Labrador west across Canada along the northern limit of trees to northwestern Alaska, and southeast through Yukon and British Columbia. They often can girdle and kill small trees. Aspen pollen is carried by the winds and is another major allergen–dispersed mostly in March.
Quaking Aspen also provides important feeding and nesting sites for many birds. It ranges from Alaska to Newfoundland and Labrador, southeast to Virginia. Beavers use it for making their lodges and can kill and remove 200 stems a year as far as 400 feet from a waterway! Tweets that mention Native American Totems » Blog Archive » Plant Totem – Quaking Aspen -- Topsy.com, John Sitton commented on the blog post Rain Water. In our region, Black Cottonwood is very common. It is host to several insect species that are food for woodpeckers. Distribution: It is the most widely distributed tree in North America. Quaking Aspen The Willow Family– Salicaceae. Phenology: Bloom Period: Catkins appear April to May before the leaves, female and male flowers usually on separate plants. The Abnaki people used an infusion of the bark of the quaking aspen as a vermifuge, something taken to expel worms from the intestines. This is due to their flattened petioles which reduces aerodynamic drag on the trunk and branches. Distribution of Quaking Aspen from USGS (“Atlas of United States Trees” by Elbert L. Little, Jr.) Distribution: It is the most widely distributed tree in North America. Populus tremuloides is a deciduous tree native to cooler areas of North America, one of several species referred to by the common name aspen. The Apache, Chiricahua, and Mescalero scraped off the inner bark of the tree and baked into the form of a cake to eat. Aspen trees are all native to cold regions with cool summers, in the north of the northern hemisphere, extending south at high-altitude areas such as mountains or high plains. Quaking aspen is the most widely distributed native North American tree species, growing in greatly diverse regions, environments, and communities. Subscribe to Native American Totems (A Blog) by Email. A stand or group of aspen trees is considered a singular organism with the main life force underground in the extensive root system. It is also found near the shores of Puget Sound and on southeastern Vancouver Island. Many tribes used the cambium part of the wood of the tree … The quaking aspen tree (Populus tremuloides) is a North American native that grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 1 through 8 or 10.