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Plant Name:

Eastern Cottonwood

Scientific Name:

Populus deltoides


Eastern Cottonwood is a large, deciduous tree with broad, triangular leaves and greenish-yellow catkins.


Riparian areas, floodplains


Eastern Cottonwood provides nesting sites and cover for a variety of bird species. It also attracts insects that are an important food source for birds.

Growing Conditions:

Eastern Cottonwood thrives in moist to wet soils in full sun


Eastern Cottonwood is often used for erosion control, reforestation, and as a shade tree.

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Fun Facts:

Eastern Cottonwood is a fast-growing tree and is one of the largest hardwood trees in North America. It has a fluffy, cotton-like substance attached to its seeds, which helps with wind dispersal.

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