Bigtooth Aspen
Family: Salicaceae (View Members of Salicaceae)

Genus and species: Populus grandidentata

Leaves: The leaves are about 2.5-4" (6-10cm) long and 1.75-3.5" (4.5-9cm) wide. (View Measured Leaf) They are ovate, pointed at the tip, rounded at the base and have coarse, curved teeth. They are dull green on top, paler and hairless beneath.(View Leaves)

Bark: The bark is greenish-brown, smooth towards the top and rough and furrowed towards the bottom. (View Bark) The twigs are brown and hairy.

Fruit: The fruit is 4" (10cm) long and is made up of 1/4" (6mm) narrow, conical capsules. The capsules are light green in color, a little curved, slightly hairy and split into small, fluffy, cottony seeds.

Tree: This tree usually grows to be 30-60' (9-18m) tall, and has a narrow, rounded crown, as pictured to the left.

Range and Habitat: These trees are commonly found from Ontario east to Maine, south to Virginia, west to Missouri. They are usually found in sandy soils.

Bigtooth Aspen Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 10/5/02)
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