Summer Shimmer Aspen (Populus tremuloides ‘Klaus Select’)

Summer Shimmer Aspen

  • Great Size for Modern Lots
  • Compact Shade Tree with Nice Pyramidal Form
  • Large Leaves Flutter To and Fro on Long Petioles
  • Two-Toned Leaves Sparkle in the Sun
  • Welcome the Sound of Rustling Leaves
  • Selected for Clean, Disease-Free Foliage All Season-Long
  • Outstanding Golden-Yellow Fall Color
  • Powdery-White, Attractive Bark
  • Larval Host Makes an Excellent Choice for Butterflies
  • Vigorous and Disease-Resistant
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • Drastically Less Suckering than Other Aspen

Relax in style with the cheerfully soothing rustling of Quaking Aspen leaves. Your “stay-cation” can feel like an exotic destination, even if it’s located just steps away from your deck or patio.

Count on the Summer Shimmer® Aspen (Populus tremuloides ‘Klaus Select’) to deliver a truly delightful experience, no matter where it’s planted. These exquisite trees amplify the sounds and sights of summer, but remain remarkably low-maintenance.

You’d know these distinctive, finely toothed leaves anywhere, with pointed ends and broadly rounded base. Summer Shimmer’s leaves are a bit larger than usual, which makes their impact that much greater.

Shiny green on top and silvery-gray underneath; Summer Shimmer leaves hang on long, flattened petioles. These aerodynamic wonders move and sway in every breeze.

The light-colored undersides also flash in the sunlight. Go ahead and be dazzled by this opulent natural display.

Honestly, who needs diamonds? Summer Shimmer Aspen makes a wonderful anniversary gift for the down-to-earth spouse.

Hardy enough to be grown in Canada, but adaptable to many soil types, these gorgeous trees are blessedly easy care. This variety rarely produces suckers from the root.

Aspen trees are a haven for wildlife, as well. These larval hosts support populations of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Viceroy butterflies, and offer habitat for Ruffed Grouse.

Heck, even the creamy-white bark is pretty. Polished with a pale green overcast, these trees are a fetching site in mid-winter.

How to Use Summer Shimmer® Aspen in the Landscape

Use a single specimen in a smaller lot. You’ll add value and so much beauty with a Summer Shimmer shade tree planted on the south or southwest of your property.

They can also be used to bring color and movement to existing plantings. Space them 30 feet from the sunny side of mature windbreaks in a loosely zigzagging line.

Anyone who has ever visited the mountain west or northern boundary waters has fallen in love with these evocative trees. Recreate a natural grove in your own space.

Be creative! On a flat lot, bring in additional soil and sculpt it into a hilly berm.

Plant an odd number of Aspens in a free-form, loose triangle with varied spacing between trees, Double up near the middle of a drifting row for a wonderfully organic look.

Punctuate an open meadow with a few of them. Stake out an outdoor destination spot, with hammock stands, a fire pit and rustic campground. Bring your harmonica for a sing-along, accompanied by the rustling leaves overhead.

Tips for Care

These trees love full sun, with at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. They do best in well-drained soil, but can tolerate periodic moist and dry soils, once established.

Provide a three-inch layer of mulch to keep the root systems cool. We recommend that you spread it out under their canopy. Always give at least six inches between mulch and the trunk for proper air circulation.

Pay careful attention to watering while your trees are young. They will perform best with a medium amount of water if you don’t get a good rainfall. In extended drought situations, please protect your investment with supplemental water.

Wait to prune until after the tree has leafed out in spring. Correct the canopy, or remove lower branches as you like to shape your tree.

Summer Shimmer Aspen (Populus tremuloides ‘Klaus Select’) Details

Common name Summer Shimmer Aspen
Botanical name Populus tremuloides 'Klaus Select'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-7
Growth rate Medium
Height 40 - 50 ft.
Width 20 - 30 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring