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WELLcoming Trembling Aspen Trees into Your Life
Explore and discover the Trembling Aspen tree from the mountain ecosystem.
Learn - Know - Celebrate - Write - Share about Trembling Aspen Trees
Trembling Aspen Trees are the Educators of Nature - Listen Well!
For April 2021: Trembling Aspen
- Apr 7, 2021 - Introduction
- Apr 14, 2021 - How the Tree Serves Nature & Humans
- Apr 21, 2021 - Metaphoric Meaning
- Apr 28, 2021 - Showing the Tree Some Love
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Introduction: Trembling Aspen
Trembling Aspen is a Deciduous Tree - in other words, it sheds in leaves in winter
Aspen -- Populous Genus
Types of Aspen trees
- Swedish - Europe
- Trembling - North America
- Quaking - North America
Hand drawing - Stephen Hobbs, February 2021
Found in cooler, temperate, Northern climates
Leaves tremble (quake) because of the flatten leaf stock (petiole)... this "shivering" in the breeze is away for the tree to defer insects from feeding and laying eggs
Narrow - column version (Swedish) decorates where there is limited space around the house
Shallow roots on clay and sandy soil - becomes a tough and adaptable shade tree
Short lived - often replaced by conifers; 50 years, and have a 125 year young tree in Alberta, Canada
Bark --- whitish - smooth - thin
Guide to the Common Native Trees and Shrubs of Alberta. Government of Alberta -- Pg. 29 - Aspen
Reference to Aspen in TreeCanada.ca
How the Aspen Serves Nature - Humans
How the Trembling Aspen Tree Serves:
- pulpwood ... particle board.
- making boxes ... furniture parts
- matches ... chopsticks
- twigs and foliage browsed as food
- pioneer tree after fires, logging, and abandonment of fields
"Aspen is noted for its ability to regenerate vegetatively by shoots and suckers arising along its long lateral roots. Root sprouting results in many genetically identical trees, in aggregate called a "clone". All the trees in a clone have identical characteristics and share a root structure." Source
Metaphoric Meaning: Trembling Aspen
The Metaphor Meaning of Trembling Aspen
The name of the tree hints at its metaphoric meaning (its nature)
About the "trembling' of the leaves and the 'propagating root system"
From the "trembling leaves" - about conquering fears (nervousness)
The tree quivers with the slightest breeze - it's on the move - a way of shielding itself
Like when things get breezy in life - we feel uncomfortable (worried)
Aspen in Greek means shield
About dealing with the shadow side of self - leading to self-confidence issues especially in interactions
The aspen wood was used to make shields - as a warrior faced the foe, the shield protected the warrior
Highlighted strength of diversity and inclusion
The root system asexually propagates new growth
When fire moves through Aspen forests it does (usually) kill the trees
A community grows with the inclusion of young and old even in the bad times
An aspen forest can be thousand of years old
The way the leaves tremble
The root system propagates
Suggests do not hide your gifts
Let your gifts be seen, let your community experience your gifts
Giving Trembling Aspen Some Love
Jump over to Google - in the search bar: type in Aspen ... and you'll see a forest of pics and videos like those below.
Also, I added a few images and articles you might enjoy - all in the effort of showing Aspen some LOVE!
If you have images - stories - videos that would inform others about the Story of the Aspen Tree ...
Please use the Contact Form and we''ll make arrangements to add them to this page with attribution to you!
In celebration of the Aspen Tree - TU!
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