Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Populus tremuloides Michaux
Populus aurea Tidestrom
Populus tremuloides Michaux var. aurea (Tidestrom) Daniels
Populus tremuloides is an upper elevation tree found usually starting about 9000 feet elevation. The bark is white with black rings and scars, and the oval leaves flutter in the wind. The stalk to the leaf (petiole) is flattened and thus allows for the characteristic flutter. Large stands of Populus tremuloides all of about the same trunk diameter indicate a remote fire. Apparently, these stands of Populus tremuloides may represent one large clonal colony. They add significant color to the mountains in the autumn.
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Populus tremuloides, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris & Mark Donnell, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road, Aug. 4, 2007
Populus tremuloides, autumn colors, photo Russ Kleinman, Richard Felger & Carey Anne Lafferty, Black Range, McKnight Road, Oct. 4, 2008
Populus tremuloides, flattened petiole-- top petiole on broadside and bottom one on edge, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Signal Peak, July 22, 2009
Populus tremuloides, winter twig, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Signal Peak, April 3, 2010
Populus tremuloides, 4x macro of bud & leaf scar of winter twig, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Signal Peak, April 3, 2010
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