Wild Harris

Aspen

Aspen 1 LCampbell.jpgAspen    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

Aspen is often found in stands along the shore and in gullies.

Aspen 2 LCampbell.jpgAspen Leaf    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

Aspen can be told from other trees by their round leaves which flutter even in the lightest breeze making a characteristic rustling sound.  Their light grey bark is smooth and their trunks often grow very straight.  Aspens do not usually produce seed in our climate and they spread by sending up suckers from their root system.  This is why Aspens are usually found in stands of several trees growing close together.  However, their root systems can cover large areas and suckers can be found 30 meters or more from the nearest tree.  

by Robin Reid