Trembling Aspen

Secwepemc name: meltállp

aspenTrembling Aspen, or White Poplar. The trunk is good for scraping hides, because there are hardly any limbs at the bottom. You soak the hide for a week or so. Aspen wood was used for tent poles, drying racks, fish traps and sweat lodge frames, but the wood rots after only a couple of years. It was also used for fuel and as a medicinal tea made from mixture of the barks of alder, “red willow”, cottonwood and aspen.

Ecological requirements: Grows best in rich, loamy soils; mid to low elevation, but will not tolerate flooding.

Common o higher ground at the trail head.