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Eastern Cottonwood in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Populus deltoides

 

Eastern Cottonwood

Populus - poplars - are deciduous fast-growing trees that bear male and female catkins before the oval or heart-shaped leaves appear. Female catkins are fluffy seed-bearers that are wind-blown. Some poplars can grow up to 30 m. in height. The trees are useful for screening, but can also be a nuisance because of the vigorous root-system. Eastern Cottonwood is of the largest North American hardwood trees. It has silvery-white smooth, or slightly fissured bark that matures to dark grey and deeply fissured, and with stout grey twigs with triangular leaf-scars.

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plant Features
  • Eastern Cottonwood likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Eastern Cottonwood likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Eastern Cottonwood is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Eastern Cottonwood likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Eastern Cottonwood

Latin name

Populus deltoides

type

Deciduous tree

family

Salicaceae

ph

5.5 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Eastern Cottonwood likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Eastern Cottonwood is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Eastern Cottonwood likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Eastern Cottonwood likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Eastern Cottonwood is 20.00meters x 40.00meters 20.00 M 40.00 M

Populus deltoides

Populus - poplars - are deciduous fast-growing trees that bear male and female catkins before the oval or heart-shaped leaves appear. Female catkins are fluffy seed-bearers that are wind-blown. Some poplars can grow up to 30 m. in height. The trees are useful for screening, but can also be a nuisance because of the vigorous root-system. Eastern Cottonwood is of the largest North American hardwood trees. It has silvery-white smooth, or slightly fissured bark that matures to dark grey and deeply fissured, and with stout grey twigs with triangular leaf-scars.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Plant in moist but free-draining humus-rich soil away from buildings (this tree has a vigorous root-system, and they send out suckers)

 

Propagating by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Poplars can be propagated by hardwood cuttings. Cut well-ripened young shoots 30-60cm long (1-2ft). Dip the cut end in hormone rooting powder before inserting it 15-20cm (6"-8") deep into soil in a cold frame. The following Autumn plant the young plants out.

 
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