Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
The cottonwood tree is one of the most enduring icons of the American West. Its range extends from the Midwestern plains to the Pacific Coast, with the trees concentrated at or close to rivers and creeks. It is often the only broadleaf tree in the dry regions of the Southwest. Golden fall color and a compatibility with livestock have made this one of the mot popular ranch trees west of the Rockies.
Cottonwood has both male and female trees. The females produce the cottony mass of fibers associated with its seeds, which many consider a nuisance in cultivated gardens. The remedy is planting a cutting-grown male clone.
The cottonwood is fast-growing and may be started easily from cuttings inserted into damp ground. It is a naturally fibrous-rooted water seeker, which can be problematic close to water pipes and septic systems. This is a naturally adapted wildlife tree that is valuable for holding soil on river banks and dry washes, and for windbreaks.
9 - 1
3 - 9
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
40'-80' / 12.2m - 24.4m
40'-50' / 12.2m - 15.2m
Central United States, Western United States
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Wet Site, Drought, Salt
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water
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