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  Guide to the Common Trees of Pennsylvania

Trees | Glossary | Visual Guide | Leaf Parts, Types, & Position


Bigtooth Aspen
(Wide and Flat: Alternate Arrangement)
A small to medium sized tree, 30'-40' high, common throughout the State. The seeds sprout best in open areas after cutting or fire and spread rapidly by sending up suckers from the roots. Bigtooth aspen is important for regenerating forest cover, protecting soil and slower growing species. Many animals browse the twigs and buds in winter and spring. The wood is used chiefly for making paper.

Bigtooth Aspen
Populus grandidentata Michx.
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Leaves
Alternate, simple, 3"-4" long, margins with coarse teeth, dull green above, lighter below, petiole flattened.
Twigs
Stout, brown with a pale, wooly coating. Buds blunt-pointed, dull, often wooly.
Fruit
Cone-shaped capsules on a drooping stalk similar to Quaking aspen. Fruits mature before the leaves are full grown, seeds covered with long silky hairs.
Bark
Light gray to green when young, dark brown and rough with age.

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Needle-Shaped or Linear

 

Wide & Flat: Opposite Arrangement

Wide and Flat: Alternate Arrangement

Information courtesy of:
PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

 

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