Aspen has been traditionally reputed in many countries to drive off evil spirits, hence it was often planted near the dwellings. According to an Eastern Slavic apocryphal legend, Judas Iscariot hanged himself on an aspen tree, hence its leaves have been trembling with horror ever since. The species does not grow in the Middle East, so this legend obviously has local syncretic origins.

An aspen stake was believed to be one of the few weapons suitable to kill a vampire or a werewolf. By the same token, a bigger stake could be driven into the grave of a person condemned to damnation, so as to prevent them from rising from the dead.

—from Wikipedia

7 thoughts on “quakies

  1. When I first saw aspen, in large groups with those beautiful yellow leaves, growing in Colorado, I thought they were birch. We had some growing on the edge of our property and they were just magnificent; loved to hear the rustle of the leaves when the winds would blow or even a little breeze. Just beautiful!!


  2. Oh my! I have to take a picture. I believe I’ve seen two of those trees here by the Rec Center.
    I noticed them last year because they were so yellow and our “national” tree is Araguaney, and it is like a cherry tree but yellow, so pretty.
    If I remember to take pictures I’ll send them to you for sure.


    • Belky… is it blossoms on your tree that are yellow? A quaking aspen has no blossoms, but the leaves turn yellow in the fall. Judging by the pictures of the Araguaney I googled, it’s a very different tree. The bark of the aspen is white (as in the picture) and the shape of the tree is very different. Try googling quaking aspen tree to see some other pictures of what the aspen looks like. You’ll see what I’m talking about. Do you also have them there in SA?

      PS thanks for the flag 😉 (YAY!)


  3. Yeah, it also tends to make them rather invasive (we thought of planting some in the front yard, but ultimately decided against it)… but the sight of a cluster of quakies on a mountain hillside in the fall is something to behold.


  4. I learned when we lived in Colorado that aspens are connected underground into huge “communities. This makes for massive clusters of trees which beautifully color the mountains in autumn.


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