Plains Cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. monilifera)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Poplars . . . ] Forest Type: Plains Riparian
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Typically in low, wet areas (along rivers, in creek bottoms, and so on), usually in pure stands; growing in the Great Plains.
Stature: 50-70 feet high; trunk to 5 feet in diameter; with a spreading and open crown; branches large, angling upwards.
Leaves: Oval-triangular; pointed; 3-4 inches long; pale green; with 10-30 rounded-off teeth; firm; stems to 3 inches long; with 1 or 2 small glands (illustrated) where the stem meets the twig.
Bark: Pale, thin, and smooth when young; soon becoming grayish brown, thick, and deeply furrowed from the base of the tree upwards.
Note: Plains cottonwood, also known as Populus deltoides var. occidentalis, is a subspecies of eastern North America's eastern cottonwood, which has longer (3-6 inches) leaves with 40-50 teeth and 3-5 glands at the point of attachment to the twig.
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Kuo, M. (2010, November). Plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. monilifera). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/populus_deltoides_monilifera.html