As the weather warms (the last two days ignored), you can begin to see a clumps of light green creep up the mountainsides. These clumps are aspen trees. The reason you see clumps is because the aspen spreads itself through its roots, and so while you may see many trees, it is actually “one tree” with many trunks, all with the same genetics. That is why they all start to leaf out at the same time and we see slumps of leafing aspen standing besides other clumps of aspen that have not yet started to leaf.
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