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Black Cottonwood

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Black Cottonwood

Populus trichocarpa


(new stock expected: fall of 2020)

Named after its white, fluffy seeds with cottony hairs, the Black Cottonwood is the largest of the North American poplars.

The Black Cottonwood's trunk has a straight growth pattern as well as sticky, fragrant buds.

Historically, the waxy resin inside these buds have been used by First Nations people to treat sore throats, coughs and lung infections.

Black Cottonwoods need ample moisture and nutrients to grow successfully and are typically found west of the Rocky Mountains.


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Zone: 5a
Height: 30 m (100 ft)
Spread: 11 m (35 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high

Other names: balsam cottonwood, california poplar, western balsam poplar

Tags: All Items, Aspen and Poplar, Deciduous Trees, Native Alberta Plants, Native North America Plants, Shelterbelts and Windbreaks

Ships to Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes

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