Friday, August 3, 2012
11" x 14" Oil
$245.00 + $10. s/h
I love the color of the leaves of the Aspen tree in the summer. It's a beautiful warm green. In the fall the Aspen leaves turn a spectacular yellow/orange/green.
Aspens are all native to cold regions with cool summers ie: high altitudes. Aspens grow in large colonies derived from a single seedling, and spread by means of root suckers. New stems in the colony can appear at up to 90 to 100 feet from the parent tree. So, when you see a grove of Aspen, they are all connected by the same root system. I heard that once on Jeopardy, and knew the answer. Actually, I heard the answer and knew the question.
Each tree can live for 40 - 150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony lives much longer. In some cases for thousands of years. There is a colony in Utah estimated to be 80,000 years old (I found that out in Wikepedia.)