quaking aspen


Definition of quaking aspen

: an aspen (Populus tremuloides) chiefly of the U.S. and Canada with small nearly circular leaves that have flattened petioles and finely serrate margins and that flutter in the slightest breeze

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Recent Examples on the Web Aspens are grouse magnets, primarily because the buds and catkins of male quaking aspen and bigtooth aspen (also known as popple or poplar) provide the majority of grouse with their single most important winter and early spring food source. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Ruffed Grouse," 24 Dec. 2020 Populus tremuloides, the quaking aspen, grows in clonal colonies, which means each stem in a grove is genetically identical, connected by an immense underground root system called a rhizome. Leath Tonino, Outside Online, "On Sleeping in the Largest Organism on Earth," 19 Nov. 2020 Then wind through a picturesque forest full of spruce and quaking aspen, gaze up at the historic Alaska Railroad Trestle, and saunter along the banks of Hines and Riley streams. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 The quaking aspens compete with the cottonwoods for your attention along the shores of Lake Sabrina, South Lake and North Lake. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, "It’s autumn! California’s fall color spots are starting to pop," 23 Sep. 2019 Birch, quaking aspen, white spruce, Sitka spruce, native trees. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Our spruce trees are dying. We need to talk about what happens next.," 30 Aug. 2019 Cozy-up on a lounge chair beside quaking aspens or explore the lake by kayak, launched from the club’s private pier, for some exercise. Agatha French, Orange County Register, "Lake Tahoe: The jewel of the Sierras shines bright," 21 Aug. 2019 From the languid sway of the bay laurel trees to the disco shimmer of the quaking aspens to the Dude-like serenity of the redwoods, a vague drugginess wafts over the place. Chris Colin, Outside Online, "Drawing a Line in the Sand Over River Rights," 30 May 2018 There's a stand of quaking aspens growing in Utah that's a single clonal organism, rather than genetic individuals. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Check out the genes on this huge ‘shroom," 9 Nov. 2017

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1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Quaking aspen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quaking%20aspen. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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