Cottonwood Trees

Cottonwood Trees

About Cottonwood Trees

Commonly known as cottonwoods, the species are native to North America, Aigeiros, and western Asia. They are large, deciduous trees 2045m tall, distinguished by thick, deeply fissured bark and triangular-based to diamond-shaped leaves that are green on both sides (without the whitish wax on the undersides of balsam poplar leaves) and without any obvious balsam scent in spring. An important feature of the leaves is the petiole, which is flattened sideways so that the leaves have a particular type of movement in the wind.

Contributions by AaronY, MPF, and Hesperian.