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Young Aspen Leaves. Aspen is a tree that can grow up to 20m with suckers. The buds are sticky but hairless. The leaves hang on long flattened stalks with rounded teeth. The young leaves are hairy but the mature leaves are hairless. The catkins are 4-8cm long, pendulous with deeply jagged scales, the males have red stamens and the females purple stigmas. It grows in damp woodlands usually on poor soils. It flowers February to March. Picture taken May 2008 at Maulden Woods.

10th May 2008 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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