Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The Remarkable Aspen Tree
After a wildfire the roots that have been dormant and waiting for a disaster like a wildfire come to life when they can get sunlight. Last summer we had small aspen trees spring up quickly. We had some that grew as high as 4-5' in a single summer. The conifers tend to block out the light and as soon as a wildfire has occurred and sunlight can get to the ground the aspen spring forth. These are remarkable trees that show patience definitely is a virtue when it comes to aspen trees. When they do spring up after a disaster they are all connected to a common root system and has laid dormant just waiting for a wildfire. Last summer they came up everywhere - in the ditches - the roads - area's of our property that have not previously shown signs of aspen.
While the tree may only live 50-150 years the root system which connects all the aspen trees can live thousands of years. I wondered about the hundreds of aspen shooting up last summer and now I know they were waiting for just the right conditions to shoot up. They grew so fast in one summer it was simply amazing.