City of Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month

Brought to you by the City of Beaverton Landscape and Urban Forestry Crew.

Why Go Native?

Native plants and trees need less water and chemicals than non-native species, are more resistant to pests and diseases, and also attract birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife to your yard. Simultaneously, they also reduce erosion and protect water quality. Help keep our rivers clean and watershed healthy by planting a native on your property. The City’s commitment to bringing native species to Beaverton has been growing over many years. To continue promoting native species, the City's Public Works department will highlight a native plant each month for home and business owners to consider when working outdoors. Keep in mind; it is the home and business owners’ responsibility to maintain street trees located within the right-of-way adjacent to their properties.

Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month: Quaking Aspen 

Quaking Aspen Common Name: Quaking Aspen or Trembling Aspen
Binomial Name: Populus tremuloides
Soil Type: Moist
Sunlight: Full sun tolerates some shade
Form/Growth: Medium sized tree up to 60 feet tall
Foliage: Deciduous

The Quaking Aspen gets its name from the movement of the leaves in the slightest winds causing all the leaves to move in unison. A very attractive native landscape tree that can tolerate many types of soils but prefers moist areas with lots of sun, but prefer a cooler climate. The leaves on a Quaking Aspen are darker green on the top and a whitish green on bottom growing to around 3 inches wide and 3 and a half inches long giving it a round- ovate form with a pointed tip. The leaves turn a yellow to gold color in fall before dropping. The bark on the Quaking Aspen when younger is smooth green to whitish in color, then develops into a darker grey color that is furrowed. In the wild these trees usually grow in large groves in meadows and often found in the Rocky Mountains.

This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.  Visit Native Plant Database to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs!

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