Out West they have groves of aspen trees. The trees have tall, medium sized trunks covered in white bark leading up to green circular leaves that turn a brilliant yellow in the fall. They grow in clonal colonies, meaning they derive from a single seedling. The trees grow in clusters and all the roots are connected underground and can stretch for miles upon miles making them on of the worlds biggest and oldest organisms in the world. Each individual tree may live between 40-150 years, however the colonies may live for thousands of years. They spread about 3.3 feet a year by their root suckers and are able to survive forest fires because the roots are below the heat of the fire.
I will always remember the first fall Chris and I lived out west in Flagstaff, Arizona. We were exploring this dirt road that led up to this massive grove of aspens and immediately Chris and I said to each other, ‘We have to come back here in the fall.’