Name: Aspen

Scientific name: Populus tremula

Category: Trees and bushes

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A small, slender tree of heathland, woodland and wet woodland, especially in Scotland.

How to identify: Told by the greyish bark, hanging catkins and the small, rounded, fluttering leaves with pale undersides.

Where: Widespread.

Fantastic fact: Aspen is a favourite food of the European Beaver.

Photograph credit: Ferran Turmo Gort

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