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Populus deltoides
Populus deltoides
Common Name: Eastern Cottonwood
Deciduous trees with smooth grey or white bark, sometimes rough on the lower trunk. Leaves are usually roughly triangular or diamond-shaped, on a long stalk, with a paler green or white underside. Tiny flowers in long drooping catkins are produced in spring. The flowers may be followed by tiny seeds with a fluffy parachute of hairs which are released in late spring. The seed appearance gives the tree its common name. Usually in damp soils or in river beds. Sometimes planted to stabilise river banks, but they may in fact cause erosion by creating dense thickets which divert flows against the opposite bank and may spread downstream away from the planting site.
Height: 50-100 Feet
Spread: 35-50 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9