The Quaking Giant

Detailed image of the aspen Pando tree (photo by Lance Oditt via Wikimedia Commons)

21 October 2021

As the trees lose their leaves this autumn, consider this. There’s a tree in Utah that has lost its leaves at least 14,000 times.

Nicknamed Pando, it’s a quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) that’s 14,000(*) years old and the largest known aspen clone. All its trunks come from a single root covering 106 acres. At 6,600 tons its the heaviest known organism on Earth.

Aerial map of Pando, the quaking aspen tree (image from Wikimedia Commons)

How did Pando do this? Learn more in this vintage blog: A 14,000 Year-Old Tree.

(*) Pando’s age is in dispute among scientists. It may be anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 years old.

(photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)

1 thought on “The Quaking Giant

  1. I just read that elk browse on the bark of the
    Aspen since it contains chlorophyll.
    Thank you. I like post that show extremes.

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