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Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)    
Family: Salicaceae      
                   
Cottonwood

Location:

  • Wet soils; bordering streams, in valleys
  • Found in pure stands or with willows

Characteristics:

  • Deciduous, dioecious tree
  • Height 30 m (100 feet)

Uses:

 

Leaves:

  • 8-18 cm (3-7 in) long, 8-15 cm (3-5 inches) wide
  • Triangular, long-pointed
  • Curved, coarse teeth
  • Flattened petioles, which causes “tree shaking”

 

 
Cottonwood Leaf
Cottonwood Bark

 

Bark:

  • Light gray color
  • Thick, rough, and deeply furrowed

 

 

Fruit:

  • Long, elliptical,  light brown capsules
  • Contain many small cotton-like seeds

 

Buds:

  • Long buds, sometimes sticky/resinous

 

 
Cottonwood Bud
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