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Aspen

Populus tremula

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Salicaceae (Willow)
Type:
Deciduous tree
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Male and female catkins are green, and are borne on different trees. Both male and female catkins look alike, however later on the male catkins become dangly and the females remain firm.
Fruit:
Long hanging conical capsules develop on the catkins.
Leaves:
Deciduous. The stalked leaves of the Aspen are heart-shaped with wavy edges and have whitish undersides. Their shape causes them to shiver and tremble in the wind, giving the tree a distinctive quivering appearance which can be noticed from far away, even with the slightest of breezes. This is how the tree has earned its alternative name of 'trembling poplar'.
Maximum Size:
24 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
The bark and catkins are both edible.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
American Aspen, Canadian Aspen, Golden Aspen, Mountain Aspen, Popple, Quakies, Quaking Aspen, Quiver-leaf Aspen, Small-toothed Aspen, Trembling Aspen, Trembling Poplar, White Poplar.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Heathland, parkland, towns, woodland.