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Cultural Details for Populus tremuloides 'NE Arb'

Common Name:
Prairie GoldĀ® Aspen

Growth Rate:
Narrow oval to pyramidal

Average Mature Height:
35-40'

Average Mature Width:
20-30'

Flower Details:
Beautiful silvery catkins in early spring

Fruit Details:

Fall Color:
Golden yellow

Bark Details:
Smooth, creamy-white bark.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Improved disease and heat resistance.

Native Habitat:
Discovered by the late plantsman, Allen Wilke, Wilke Landscapes in Columbus, Nebraska, in the 1970s.

Other Features:
Adapted to the heat, drought, and humidity of the Midwestern prairie, this Nebraska native brings lowland adaptability and disease tolerance to a high elevation favorite.

Culture and Care:
A rapid grower, Prairie Gold forms colonies, making it ideal for acerages and alpine settings. At present Prairie Gold is successfully being grown from AL to OK and AZ, but the southern range of this native is still being evaluated. Tolerates clay soil.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1158, 1159, 1161, 1362

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu