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Green and Gold

Aspen (Populus spp.)      vs     Birch (Betula spp.)

White bark - not peely              White bark - peels

Bark stays white                Bark turns dark w/ age

Scars look like eyes        Scars always horizontal

Leaves rounder, finely toothed       Leaves more ovate and serrated

Grow up to 80 feet       Grow up to 50 feet

 

Completely different genus'.  Birch trees are seeded individuals.

Aspens are clones in a single rooted colony.  The heaviest living

organism on earth, and one of the oldest, is an Aspen colony in

Utah, known as Pando.  It is estimated to be over 80,000 years old.

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 79b.jpg

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 80b.jpg

 

Green and Gold

Aspen (Populus spp.)      vs     Birch (Betula spp.)

White bark - not peely              White bark - peels

Bark stays white                Bark turns dark w/ age

Scars look like eyes        Scars always horizontal

Leaves rounder, finely toothed       Leaves more ovate and serrated

Grow up to 80 feet       Grow up to 50 feet

 

Completely different genus'.  Birch trees are seeded individuals.

Aspens are clones in a single rooted colony.  The heaviest living

organism on earth, and one of the oldest, is an Aspen colony in

Utah, known as Pando.  It is estimated to be over 80,000 years old.

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 79b.jpg

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 80b.jpg

 

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Dec 2017, 00:16
All good, Elizabeth, but I especially like the middle image.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ray! So glad you do! I love all that gold, too!
i love the lone fiery young tree in the first shot and the curve of the road to the left in the second shot, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ayush!
A great contrast of colors, so common on the Kaibab Plateau. smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: So true! And look at you showing off your Arizona geography! smile
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 8 Dec 2017, 03:47
Splendid compositions with gorgeous colors!! I love the winding road with its leading lines and the beautiful highlights in the foliage.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Steven!
Jolis contraste de couleurs.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Martine!
How educational, Elizabeth, to get the differences between these two favorites of mine. I even have a feeling the aspens' leaves rustle a bit more, yes??? smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Interesting isn't it! I think I agree on that, Ginnie! They are called "Quaking Aspens" for a reason! smile
Magnifique tout simplement !!
J'adore cet automne coloré ..
Bonne journée à  toi
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Claudine!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 8 Dec 2017, 06:11
That is incredibly interesting, Elizabeth, thank you
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm glad you found it so. You're welcome, Lisl!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 8 Dec 2017, 06:23
A nice contrast in colour
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it! Thanks, Chris!
Très jolies ces nuances de couleurs.
Bonne journée
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Pascale!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Dec 2017, 07:14
Thank you for the education here, Elizabeth and I love 'woods' like these very much... what a joy for the eyes.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're welcome, Astrid! I, too, love being in the woods!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Dec 2017, 07:36
I was astounded when I first learnt of the root structure of the aspen. I wonder if I have unknowingly driven past those aspens in Utah? Ah, no, having Googled the location is seems its close to Richfield on I-70. I'll add it to my list fo "My list of things to do before I grow up".
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are remarkable, aren't they! Good to have a "to do" list for when you grow up! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Dec 2017, 07:46
My guess, coming from your previous picture with the ant, is that the yellow trees are birch and then maybe the green ones are aspen.

We have a wild fig Ficus salicifolia and in our city is a specimen estimated over a 1,000 years. It can provide shade to 20 ox wagon simultaneously. It grows from one tree and put down daughters when the branches touches the ground - in the end it look like a tree with a tree bridge to the next. In effect it becomes one huge tree. I have one in my backyard, fortunately it has only dropped one daughter so far and it is still possible to share the property with it smile I didn't know there are trees that also colonises from one root system. So it was quite interesting to read about the aspen.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: All of the gold trees in my photos are Aspens... the green trees are Ponderosa Pines. The reason for my description is that Birch and Aspen look remarkably alike.

I love the idea of tree "daughters"
I never knew that Aspens did that!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Pretty incredible, aren't they!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 8 Dec 2017, 08:22
What a superb description Elizabeth. If I were into trees I would want a guide like this.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Chad! Happy to be your guide! smile
I would love to drive through that road in the centre image, it must be breathtaking to see.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh it is just blissful, Brian!
The colours on this trip were amazing, I'm surprised we got anywhere with the sights we saw!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They were! I know what you mean - but somehow we did! smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Dec 2017, 14:40
Lovely images and fascinating facts - I wonder whether there are other tree species which live like the aspen in a cloned colony.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: As far as I know, Aspens are the only trees that naturally reproduce by cloning in colonies... but scientific cloning is being researched as a means of preserving species.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Dec 2017, 16:42
I understand the enthusiasm about the Aspen trees.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are remarkable things!
Lovely shots, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Tom!
Birch has many types with only some having a bark that peels. I love them both.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ah! I've only seen the peely bark type! Thank you!

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