Friday, 12 August 2016

Aspen



The aspen tree (Populus tremula) is a member of the poplar genus.


Our largest aspen trees are up near the memorial limes at post 3.  The leaves are almost round with scallops along the margin.  They have long leaf stalks (petioles), which are flattened laterally so that the leaves flutter in the lightest of breezes.  This has given rise to several stories and legends about the aspen having done something bad and being ashamed.


The aspen suckers in all directions.  Shoots grow up from the spreading roots so that where you have one tree you eventually get a grove of aspens.




Leaves on the suckering shoots are more pointed than on the main tree.



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