Cottonwood
Populus deltoides

Cottonwood- Click for Full Image

Family
Salicaceae

Description

Large deciduous tree reaching heights of 45.7 meters (150ft). Leaves are toothed with flattened stalks that have glands at the top of each stalk. Leaves are ovaloid. Seeds appear cottony and are dispersed by wind.

Location
Found in swampy areas and moist soils. Ranges from Quebec down Eastern seaboard into Texas.

Uses and Parts Used

Bark
Inner bark tea used for scurvy.

Notes
As a member of the willow family, Cottonwoods contain salicin, a compound found in aspirin.

Cottonwood- Click for Full Image
Cottonwood- Click for Full Image