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Trembling Aspen

Populus tremuloides
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Habitat: Found everywhere from dry ridges to moist sites.  Grows best in moist, well drained soil.

Description: Deciduous tree with nearly circular leaves with flat leaf stalks that allow the leaves to "tremble" in the breeze.  Bark is greenish white, becomes blackened around branch bases, and at bottom of trunk.

Size: 15-30m tall.

Fun Facts: Aspen's form stands by sending up suckers.  That means the trees clumped in a given area, are actually all part of the same tree!

Source:  Johnson D., L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon, and J. Pojar. Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland.  1995.  Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

Cabbage White
Pieris rapae

Habitat:  One of the most common butterflies, the Cabbage White was accidentally introduced in Quebec back in 1860 and has since spread across the entire country since.  It is found throughout the entirety of Alberta.

Description:  A very plain looking butterfly, it is mostly white with a few dark patches on its upper wing.

Size:  40-50 mm


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