European Aspen ( Populus tremula )
Height : 2 m to 25 m included
Origin : Europe, Central Asia
Environment : on mountain humid areas, in broadleaf forests;
up to 1800 m altitude; on rich, fresh soils
Climate : temperate, cool, cold
The European Aspen is found on hills and mountains. The name tremula means ‘trembling’ as a reference to the way the long-stalked leaves move in the breeze. It’s a sun loving species, but it also can grow in the partial shade of broadleaf forests. Like all populus species, it is short-lived, and the timber is of poor quality and therefore used for packaging and to make matches and paper.