Aspen

Aspen

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Scientific Name:
Populus tremula
Location:
Dawyck, D18 Map
Status:
Available for adoption

Aspen leaves tremble, even in the slightest breeze. This has given rise to many of its common names, including its Gsaelic form, which means ‘quivering one’.

Aspen leaves tremble, even in the slightest breeze. This has given rise to many of its common names, including its Gsaelic form, which means ‘quivering one’. Old beliefs suggest that it had been cursed by the devil and so could never rest.

The tree often occurs in groups derived from a ‘suckering’ root system.

The timber is of poor quality, but has been used for matches and basic crates.

(Image by Gavin Harris)

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