More About Populus deltoides
- Upright, oval habit
- Glossy, triangular, green leaves turn yellow in the fall
- Dioecious: trees are either male or female, flowering before the leaves
- Male flowers are red and inconspicuous, female flowers are yellow, ripening in the spring
- Female trees are messy, with 'cotton' drifting
- Bloom Time: Spring
The leaves are rich in protein and amino acids and can be as nourishing as meat. The bark contains salicin, an ingredient in aspirin.
Eastern Cottonwood Growing and Maintenance Tips
It will tolerate a range of soil types and pH, growing best in moist, well-drained conditions and does not tolerate shade. A good, pioneer plant, providing habitat for other plants.
Populus deltoides Characteristics
Moist to Average