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Tree snake seen regularly (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

aspen

Here is my best explanation:

'tree' is the definition.
(aspen is a kind of tree)

'snake seen regularly' is the wordplay.
'snake' becomes 'asp' (asp is a kind of snake).
'regularly' indicates alternate letters (regularly take one letter, leave next etc.).
The alternating letters of 'seen' are 'en'.
'asp'+'en'='ASPEN'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph