Plains Cottonwood

Plains Cottonwood

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One of the fastest growing native trees; a parent of many poplar selections and hybrids; produces cottony seed fluff; riparian species.

Latin name: Populus deltoides Bartr. Ex. Marsh

Type of tree: broadleaf (native)

  • Bark (colour and texture): smooth; yellowish gray; becoming dark gray and deeply furrowed with age
  • Leaves (shape, size, etc.): triangular; 5 - 10 centimetres long; 5 - 15 rounded teeth per side and rounded base; upper surface bright shiny green, slightly paler beneath; often pendulous
  • Form: large tree; can have large branches

Height: 30 metres

Growth rate: very fast

Fruit and flowers: long catkins; 15 - 25 cm long; seed capsules oval; 8 to 12 mm long split into 3 or 4 parts when mature

Soil: prefers rich moist soils; commonly found in prairies along water courses

Limitations: produces cottony bundles of wind-dispersed seeds