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Plains Cottonwood

Catalogue A# 2018-000-Native

GPS 45D 43' 56" N  /  108D 37' 16" W

Botanical name: Populus deltoides
All Common Names: Eastern cottonwood, Eastern poplar
Family (English): Willow
Family (Botanic): Salicaceae
        Planting Site: Residential and parks
        Tree or Plant Type: Tree
        Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
        Native Locale:  North America
        Landscape Uses: Shade tree, Specimen
        Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
Mature Height: 75-100 feet
Mature Width: 50-75 feet
        Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
        Hardiness Zones: Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 , Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
        Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil, Wet soil
        Acid Soils: Tolerant
        Alkaline Soils: Tolerant
        Salt Spray: Tolerant
        Soil Salt: Intolerant
        Drought Conditions: Tolerant
        Poor Drainage: Tolerant
        Planting Considerations: Highly susceptible to ice damage, Roots prone to invading sewer pipes, Weak wood and branch structure
        Ornamental Interest: Attractive bark
        Season of Interest: Early fall
        Flower Color & Fragrance: Inconspicuous
        Shape or Form: Irregular, Pyramidal, Round
        Growth Rate: Fast
        Transplants Well: Yes
        Wildlife: Mammals, Sapsuckers, Songbird

This specimen is a native accession. It has the nickname of "The Five Sisters"

overallbenefitsFRPE45Park or other vacan

​This 45 inch Cottonwood provides overall benefits of: $113 every year. 

CRITIQUE

Eastern cottonwood is a large, fast-growing tree found growing along streams, rivers, and lowland areas. It is native to eastern North America through the Midwest and Chicago region. Due to its large size, weak wood, and penetrating roots, it is best used on large properties away from residential areas.  
This species is native to the Chicago region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research. 

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