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Populus deltoides /Cottonwood

Populus deltoides  / Populus deltoides
Typical form of the tree in the dead of winter in an Arkansas landscape
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Typical form of the tree in the dead of winter in an Arkansas landscape

A pair of mature trees in winter

Close-up image of the delta-shaped leaves

A fast, upright growing tree

Spring catkins

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Scientific Name: Populus deltoides
Common Name: Cottonwood
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: White
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: Cottonwood is a fast growing tree that grows well in moist, fertile soils, but will perform satisfactorily in average soils that are either wet or dry. This large tree is used in parks, playgrounds and in naturalisitc settings. Wind rushing through the foliage creates a fluttering sound. In autumn, the foliage turns yellow. It is pollution and salt tolerant.