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Aspen in winter

Observed: 13th January 2013 By: Rachy RamoneRachy Ramone is knowledgeable about PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in Plants
Main trunk (not  leaning, my fault)
Alternate buds, on stalks
Bark - see the diamond marks
Leaf, and much leaf litter
Open pattern of branches
Description:

Tall, upright trunk, grey bark with rows and rows of diamond-shaped lenticels.
Buds alternate, held on short stalks: buds brown and a little shiny.
Plenty of leaf litter for corroboration: leaves almost round, with crinkly edges, look like mince pie lids.
Branch habit a bit untidy, quite open.
Lovely in summer, when the leaves all rustle and clatter.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Aspen (Populus tremula) interacts

Comments

David Jardine's picture

Hybrid or North American Aspen?

It is harder to exclude the North American Aspen, or even a hybrid at this time of year - you need to check the shapes of the leaves at the tips of the branches - they are more pointed......

Rachy Ramone's picture

Horrors!

Sorry David, I was completely satisfied to ID it to merely "Aspen" level.

My Collins complete guide to British trees only gives the one Aspen, as does my less-referred-to Dorling Kindersley recognition guide.

So I wasn't aware of the need to be able to ID to a deeper level.

Sorry!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

David Jardine's picture

Planted stock?

The North American Aspen (Populus tremuloides) is very similar - unfortunately some of the planting stock from nurseries is of hybrid origin, so establishing whether it was planted or is completely natural could be of assistance.

All the best

Rachy Ramone's picture

Almost definitely planted...

...as it's in a public park.

I haven't been able to find much info about your hybrid, can you please specify the differentiating characteristics?

Thanks!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

David Jardine's picture

OK

I'll try to dig something out by the weekend - I'm having a busy week at work, having to travel quite a bit.

All the best

David

Rachy Ramone's picture

When it suits you...

... no rush!

And thank you.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY