Canadian Aspen

type of wood

Definition of Canadian Aspen

Creamy-white to light brown straight-grained hardwood that’s popular in North America.

It’s also known as Quaking Aspen or Trembling Aspen because its leaves tremble or quake even during a light breeze.

Since it's porous, it’s only slightly durable compared to Hemlock and Canadian Red Cedar. Therefore, it can’t be used for exterior applications. It’s also susceptible to insect attacks and decay.

However, one of its benefits is that it doesn’t splinter, making it a go-to for making sauna benches and backrests like in the G4 Traditional Outdoor Sauna or Auroom Cala Glass Sauna.

Other characteristics of dry Aspen wood include that it weathers to a light gray color and has no taste or smell. Therefore, a sauna made using Canadian Aspen would not cause any irritation based on smell.

Canadian Aspen wood planks

Below are some differences between Canadian Aspen and Canadian Red Cedar.

Properties Canadian Aspen Canadian Red Cedar
Tree Height 66–82 ft 196 ft
Tree Diameter 2 ft 8 ft
Tangential Shrinkage 6.7% 4.5%
Radial Shrinkage 3.5% 2.1%
Density 0.338 g/cm³ 0.339 g/cm³

Some stark differences between the two woods include that Canadian Aspen is significantly shorter and slimmer than Canadian Red Cedar. Despite this, they’re almost of a similar density.

Additionally, Canadian Aspen is more stable than Canadian Red Cedar since it has a lower Tangential to Radial Shrinkage. This means that it has a less tendency to warp, which explains its usage in sauna benches.

Example of “Canadian Aspen” in a Sentence

Canadian Aspen is often used in sauna interiors because it’s not likely to shrink with temperature changes.

Synonyms: Quaking Aspen, Trembling Aspen

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