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This WyoBio Minute was written and narrated by Sara Kirkpatrick.
Aspens prefer cold regions, with cool summer, in the northern regions of North America. With white trunks and green, silver dollar sized leaves, Aspen are deciduous trees, that grow in large clonal colonies, often derived from a single seedling.
Aspens have a rhizomatic root system, spreading root suckers out up to 30 or 40 meters from the parent tree. While individual trees are relatively short lived, this rhizomatic growth leads to clonal colonies that live for thousands of years.
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