the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood
aspen / Populus spp.
5" x 5" flat cut, 5" x 5" quartersawn, 1" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Diffuse porous with moderately dense small pores uniformly distributed but often in short radial groups of 2 or 3 pores, clear growth ring boundaries generally with some darkening of the tissue at the end of the latewood, rays not visible at 10X, marginal (or seemingly marginal) parenchyma
Populus spp. of the family Fabaceae (syn. Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family. Although there are over 30 species worldwide, from 8 genera, that have the word aspen as all or part of one or more of their common names, It it is my intent that the woods on this page be from the genus Populus. There is some possibility for confusion between the sets of Populus that are normally called cottonwood (or poplar) which has its own page on this site and those that are called aspen, PARTICULARLY since ALL of the species that use the name aspen ALSO use poplar or cottonwood or both (but there are numerous Populus species that use poplar or cottonwood or but but which do NOT use the name aspen). Such is the joy of common wood names. Further discussion can be found on the page for cottonwood.
A note about Populus alba: although Populus alba has been given more names containing the word poplar (black poplar, bolleana poplar, English/European poplar, Lombardy poplar, silver poplar, silver leaf poplar, white poplar) than it has names containing the word aspen (aspen, great aspen, white aspen), AND it is most commonly sold as white poplar, it is none the less genetically closer to the aspens so it is shown on this site on the aspen page.
a note about the genus Populus (IN THE USA) with common names including aspen and poplar (cottonwood)
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions