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Eastern Cottonwood
Populus deltoides
Distinguishing Features: Large sticky buds, seeds have white cottony fibers
  • Type: Deciduous
  • Form at maturity: 80 to 100 feet tall, pyramidal in youth, open, oval, irregular crown
  • Leaf: Alternate leaf arrangement, simple, deciduous leaves, lobed with undulate leaf margins, deltoid leaf shape, 2 inches to 5 inches long, green colored, yellow fall color
  • Flower: Dioecious, appear in separate yellow catkins on separate male and female trees, Male flowers are reddish in color
  • Bark: Mature bark is deeply furrowed, weak and brittle, light, greenish brown color, grayish, ellow stems
  • Fruit or Seed: Elongated capsule, white, cotton-like ball, 3 to 4 valved, 0.25 to 0.33 inch long
  • Other:
Eastern Cottonwood
Populus deltoides fruit