Plants in Sweden: Aspen

Populus tremula, SE: Osp, DE: Zitter-Pappel,
NL: Ratelpopulier, UK: Aspen, Trembling poplar

Scientific name:  Populus tremula L.
Swedish name:  Asp
German name:  Zitter-Pappel
Nederlandse naam:  Ratelpopulier
English name:  Aspen, Trembling poplar
Plant Family:  Salicaceae, Willow Family, Videväxter
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Location: Bispgården, Ragunda Kommun, Jamtlands Lan, Sweden

Life form:  Tree, dioecious
Stems:  Creamy yellow pitted bark with bands of black diamonds; twigs are Slender and shiny dark brown
Leaves:  Alternate nearly round, dentate leaves and a laterally flattened petiole 4-8 cm long, which allow them to tremble (the source of he scientific name). The leaves on seedlings and fast-growing stems of root sprouts are very different, heart-shaped to nearly triangular, and often much larger, up to 20 cm long; their petiole is also less flattened.
Flowers:  Dioecious, wind-pollinated catkins; male: 5–10 cm long, green and brown catkins; female: 2-4 cm long green catkins
Flowering Period:  April, May, before the new leaves appear
Fruits:  White and fluffy
Habitat:  Aspen is throughout Sweden and is one of the most common leaf trees

Sweden native plants
Location: Bispgården, Ragunda Kommun, Jamtlands Lan, Sweden


Derivation of the botanical name:
Populus Latin for "poplar," derivation obscure.
tremuloidestremulus, "shaking, trembling, quivering", oides -οειδεϛ suffix for nouns: like, resemble; referring to the way the leaves flutter and move in the slightest breeze.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
Traditionally, aspen wood has been used for making matches, plywood, and sauna benches.

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Location: Bispgården, Ragunda Kommun, Jamtlands Lan, Sweden


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Location: Bispgården, Ragunda Kommun, Jamtlands Lan, Sweden