The TreeThe tree is normally from 15m to 18m tall, with a diameter of about 0.3m
The TimberA light but relatively strong timber with a light uniformed colour with little colour difference between sapwood and heartwood.
DryingRequires care to avoid warping and twisting during drying.
StrengthAs a hardwood it has half the strength of red oak, nonetheless it is strong enough to use in home building
Working QualitiesMedium - The timber works easily, although there may be a tendency to bind on the saw. A smooth surface can be obtained, but there is a tendency for the fibres to tear in sawing, and sharp thin edged tools are needed to avoid woolly surfaces in planing. The wood can be nailed, screwed, glued, stained and finished with the usual treatments satisfactorily.
Latin NamePopulus tremuloides
Also known asAmerican aspen, Canadian aspen, quaking aspen
OriginCanada, Alaska, North America