PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: American Aspen

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Populus tremuloides / Salicaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  quaking aspen, trembling aspen, mountain or golden aspen, trembling poplar, white poplar, popple

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

catkins

 

RAW/COOK

Spring

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

inner

 

RAW/COOK

Spring

Sap

 

RAW/COOK

early Spring

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Flowers;  Inner bark;  Sap. Inner bark - raw or cooked. It can be dried, ground into a powder and used as a flour. This is normally mixed with other flours for making bread etc and can also be used as a thickener in soups. It is best used in the spring. Sap - can be tapped and used as a drink. It has also been used as a flavouring with wild strawberries. Catkins - raw or cooked. Bitter.(1)

 

CAUTION:  Aspen bark contains a substance that was extracted by indigenous North Americans and European settlers of the western U.S. as a quinine substitute.(3) Possible toxic effects due to salicylates (e.g. heartburn, tinnitus). Avoid with ulcers, stomach or peptic ulcers.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Alterative;  Anodyne;  Anti-inflammatory;  Astringent;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge;  Nervine;  Poultice;  Salve;  Stimulant.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Pioneer;  Wood. A fast-growing tree, it rapidly invades bare areas such as logged woodland and soon establishes dense stands of young trees by sending up suckers. It provides excellent conditions for other species of trees to become established and these will eventually out-compete the poplar. The bark has been used to make hats. The bark has sometimes been used for cordage.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://pfaf.org/User/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Populus+tremuloides
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/populus-deltoides-popular-poplars-and-aspens-2
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Populus_tremuloides