Aspen

Latin name: Populus tremuloides

 

Also known as: American aspen, Canadian aspen, quaking aspen


Wood Type:

Hardwood

Durability:

Not durable

Treatability:

Extremely difficult

Moisture Movement:

Large

Density (mean, Kg/m³):

450

Texture:

Fine

Availability:

Limited availability at specialist timber merchant

Price:

Low

Use(s):

Joinery - Interior

Colour(s):

Grey (White to pale brown)

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Introduction

Species of the genus Populus produce commercial aspen, cottonwood and poplar. Apart from Liriodendron tulipifera, American yellow poplar, or tulipwood (see Tulipwood), the timbers are similar. See poplar for description of the timber.

 

Environmental

Not listed in CITES. Believed available from well-managed sources. Check certification status with suppliers.

 

Distribution

Populus tremuloides Michx. produces Canadian aspen, otherwise known as aspen or quaking aspen. This occurs fairly widely from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to Alaska, and from northern New England to Minnesota and southwards along the Appalachians. The weight of dried timber is about 450 kg/m³.

 

The tree

The tree is normally from 15m to 18m tall, with a diameter of about 0.3m.

 

The timber

A light but relatively strong timber with a light uniformed colour with little colour difference between sapwood and heartwood.

 

Drying

Requires care to avoid warping and twisting during drying.

 

Working qualities

Medium - 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.

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