I have an Aspen tree in my backyard. It is covered with these things, which I just researched, and found out they are called catkins. Judging by the color of the catkins, this tree is a female. If it were male, the catkins would have a reddish color. Now why is it in nature the males are always the most colorful?? Regardless of the tree’s sex, I think they’re kind of cool.