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Plains Cottonwood, Texas Cottonwood, Northern Cottonwood
Populus deltoides var. occidentalis


Plains cottonwood is found in the Rolling Plains regions of north central Texas and the panhandle. It is essentially a smaller version of eastern cottonwood; it doesn't live as long and occupies a harsher, drier climate. It has only about half as many teeth on each side of the leaf blade as eastern cottonwood's, and the bud scales are hairy rather than smooth. And it comes with the same caveats regarding planting on small residential lots.

Plant Habit or Use: large tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: yellow-green on female trees, purple-red on males

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: on female trees, capsules that release cottony masses of seeds, hence name of Cottonwood.

Height: to 90 ft.,

Width: 30 to 40 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: high medium

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3

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