Eadha (old irish)
LATIN NAME: Populus tremula
SPECIES: Black Poplar (Populus nigra)
MEDICINAL PART: Leaves and bark
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Ireland, Britain, Europe,
Northern Africa, Northern Asia.
HABITAT: Wet lowlands, and along
water-bearing ditches, prefers moist soils.
DESCRIPTION: Hardy deciduous tree, brances
grow upwards giving a very distinctive shape to the tree. Grows up to a
height of 20m, reaches full maturity at 50 years.
FLOWERING PERIOD: Flowers in March, leaves
appear in April to May, Fruit appears in May.
Natural distribution through airborne seeds. Fresh seeds germinate
quickly, but lose their vigour over time.
Matches, Floorboards, Wood-Pulp, Wooden Shoes, Sandals.
POWERS: Death :: Exorcism :: Old Age
LETTER: E eadha
rituals associated with death, hold a branch while keening a loved one.
The Aspen was considered to be an unlucky
tree and was used to curse people or things. A wand of Aspen was used to
measure graves and the dead and was found in burial places see: - On the Bethluisnin
by Charles Graves. It was considered odious to touch the aspen wand and
one could carve oghams in it of odious things to purge them from yourself or
surroundings. It has very similar properties to the Alder.