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Aspen - Populus tremula

Native Americans collected a sap from the inner bark. They drank the sap for energy. How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine and Crafts.

Many parts of the Quaking Aspen were used to make medicines.

It is reported that cosmetic benefits can be gained for the skin by bathing once a week with a solution made from the bark. Indian Herbology of North AmericaThe bark is used by veterinarians as a vermifuge. (A vermifuge is a medicine that causes the expulsion of worms or parasites from the body.) The Herbalist

The principal uses of the wood are for boxes, matches and pulp for paper. Audubon Field Guide to Trees of the Eastern Region Many wild and domesticated animals eat the leaves and twigs of Aspen trees.

Beavers especially like aspen trees for browse. Animals use the dense thickets of these trees for shelter and as nesting sites to raise their young.

The Aspen is a host plant for the Viceroy, Red-spotted Purple and the Tiger Swallowtail butterflies. Butterflies and Host Plants

It is a wonderful landscape tree with 4 seasons of interest. Aspens make a fast growing privacy screen.

How Aspen came to Tremble - a Blackfoot story

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Quaking Aspen

The leaves of these trees tremble with the slightest breeze.
Their rustling sounds like falling rain.

aspen leaves

The light grey bark is beautiful in the winter landscape.

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