Aspen is a deciduous tree and belongs to the willow family, Salicaceae, that also includes poplars and cottonwoods. Populus tremula is native Europe and Asia and should not be confused with Populus tremuloides that is native North America. Both species are found in cool climates and have outstanding bright yellow fall coloration and leaves with flattened petioles that allows them to tremble in the slightest breeze. Only P. tremula is mentioned in Elizabeth Wirt’s floral dictionary.
Meaning in the language of Flowers: Excess of sensibility
Come where the Aspens quiver,
Down by the falling river!
Sing of fame and glory_
Sing of the poor maid’s story. Alex. Lee
The maiden’s tale was quickly told_
of love that could forsake_
Of a fond heart that beat too true,
And then could only break. L.E. L
Our hour of passionate joy,
And one hour of passionalte grief;
A morning_and a midnight,
fill’d up her life’s short leaf.
L.E. L. Juliet after the Masquerade
Who, that the passion’s power hath proved,
its fever-fits of joy and pain_
Who hath well and wildly loved,
Would love again?
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