|An eastern cottonwood
|The leaves of an eastern cottonwood
Scientific Name: Populus deltoides
Range: eastern North America
Height: 75 to 100 ft
Type: deciduous tree
Leaves: 3 to 6 inches long
Eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides), one of the largest eastern hardwoods, is short-lived but the fastest-growing commercial forest species in North America. It grows best on moist well-drained sands or silts near streams, often in pure stands. The lightweight, rather soft wood is used primarily for core stock in manufacturing furniture and for pulpwood. Eastern cottonwood is one of the few hardwood species that is planted and grown specifically for these purposes.