Aspen stand

From the Wikipedia page on aspen:

All of the aspens typically grow in large clonal colonies, derived from a single seedling, and spread by means of root suckers; new stems in the colony may appear at up to 30–40 m (98–131 ft) from the parent tree. Each individual tree can live for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived. In some cases, this is for thousands of years, sending up new trunks as the older trunks die off above ground. For this reason, it is considered to be an indicator of ancient woodlands.

Ancient woodlands, eh? I like the sound of that. This mossy stand of them near our house is certainly home to a lot of primitive species.

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One thought on “Aspen stand

  1. As I sit in front of the window reading your post, I look up and see aspens all around – this used to be a white pine forest, and now the pines have gone, the aspens are all in their glory, with only an occasional cherry tree and white pine volunteer. Yes, ancient woodlands indeed.

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