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Trees (Native British)

44 45 It is unusual to find an Aspen tree on its own as they are invariably surrounded by abundant suckers which form new trees. These slightly leaning trees are conical, though becoming broader when mature. They occur all over, although nowhere in really great numbers. Aspen does tend to favour areas that suffer regular spring flooding. To tremble like an Aspen became a common phrase as the long leaf stalks are flattened causing the leaves to quiver and rustle in the wind apparently showing guilt for Aspens providing the wood for the cross on which Christ was crucified. As is so often the case it was convenient to spread bad rumours about trees whose timber was deemed inferior, and so the Aspen. Boards are prone to warping and splitting, and the firewood burns disappointingly fast. However, an infusion made from Springcollected bark has beneficial medical uses. A fine looking tree not least in autumn with its amber leaves quivering. ASpEN Populus tremula
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