Symbols - What does heaven look like
The aspen takes on all tree symbolism.
Renowned for their golden autumn foliage, aspen trees are a broadleaf tree that lives only about 100 years – quite short for a tree. However, aspen trees reproduce by sprouting shoots from their roots, allowing them to grow in a cohesive grove. Thus, a grove is actually a single living organism which can reach several thousand years in age. Even fire damage will not kill a grove of aspen trees if the roots remain alive.
This property of a short life but the capability to spawn whole groves of trees even when apparently dead provides a quite complex symbolism relating to reincarnation and the path of spiritual growth over many incarnations.