Eastern Cottonwood

Populus deltoides

  • Upright, oval habit
  • Glossy, triangular, green leaves turn yellow in the fall
  • Dioecious: trees are either male or female, flowering before the leaves
  • Male flowers are red and inconspicuous, female flowers are yellow, ripening in the spring
  • Female trees are messy, with 'cotton' drifting
  • Fast-growing
  • Bloom Time: Spring

ZONE:
2

HEIGHT:
20-25 m

SPREAD:
16-18 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


It will tolerate a range of soil types and pH, growing best in moist, well-drained conditions and does not tolerate shade. A good pioneer plant, providing habitat for other plants.

Additional Notes about Eastern Cottonwood:


Native to Ontario and most of North America.

The leaves are rich in protein and amino acids and can be as nourishing as meat. The bark contains salicin, an ingredient in aspirin.

Characteristics & Attributes


ATTRIBUTES:
Deciduous
Fall Color
Seed
FOLIAGE COLOR:
Green