The Aspen or Popple is golden. Aspen is a fancy word…for Popple. It is a worthless tree, it has few uses…some v groove paneling is made from it and firewood that oozes a dark brown bubbly substance that has reminded me of our favorite name for it…Piss Popple.
They die from the top down, we have several out in our woods that are in the process of dying…they make fine woodpecker playgrounds. Eventually only the main trunk is left and it finally topples over. Many times they grow from a common root and just branch out just like in the photo. In the spring you can see two different types of Populus species in the hills…one leafs out before the other.
May 5 2016Populus tremuloides. That is the scientific name. It is a prairie tree. The cotton that fills the air every June has been said to drive some women mad…those fluffy seeds are everywhere. Given half a chance the seeds germinate where they land.
Fun to see the hills change with the seasons.