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Seed of the Week: Cottonwood Trees

Can you imagine, the seeds in the bit of fluff from last week's mystery seed can grow into one of the tallest eastern hardwoods?

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This is the eastern cottonwood, Populus deltoides.

The species name comes from the "deltoid" shape of the leaves.

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Cottonwoods often grow near water.

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They have deeply grooved, braided bark.

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In the fall the leaves turn a gorgeous golden yellow.

This last photograph is from here in Arizona.

Do cottonwoods grow where you live?

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