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Populus grandidentata

Common Names: Bigtooth Aspen, Large-toothed Aspen
Populus grandidentata
Populus grandidentata

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Salicaceae
Genus: Populus
Species: Populus grandidentata

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Bigtooth aspen trees grow up to 60’ tall. Their bark is smooth, brown-yellow, with shallow furrows.

Their leaves are alternate and simple. They are 2-6" long and rounded with long flattened leafstalks. The leaves are coarse-toothed, making them easy to distinguish between others in this genus.

Habitat & Range

Bigtooth aspen’s range reaches across the Northeastern United States and Great Lakes region. They prefer sandy soils.

Life Cycle

This tree produces cottony seeds in a cluster of green capsules.

Featured image by James Dake.


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