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Trees & Shrubs

Aspen (Populus tremula)

Description

Aspen, also called Waverly, can grow up to 40 metres. It has long, slender stalks on which the leaves and flowers grow. The leaves are a glossy green on both sides and slightly pointed at the tip. They fall off in autumn or winter, making the tree deciduous. The flowers are hanging in catkins, with the two variations, male and female, existing on different trees.

Habitat

Aspen is widely spread across Europe and Asia. In Greece, this tree is mostly found in damp, upland forests, though it is often found in areas that used to host forests, colonizing the space after fires or other accidents occurred.

Protection status

This species is listed as “Not Evaluated” by the IUCN Red List.

Interesting facts

The scientific name, Populus tremula, comes from the characteristic attribute that makes the stalks tremble in the slightest breeze. “Tremula” describes a trembling sound or movement.

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