Missouri Plants
Eastern cottonwood   (Populus deltoides)
Tracheophyte: Angiosperm: Dicot: Willow (Salicaceae)
Native North American Plant

Leaf type: simple
Leaf arrangement: alternate
Fruit: cottony mass
Habitat: wet-soil bottomland
Tree use: wood - light and used to make crates, novelties, and pulp for paper.
Natural History: The Eastern cottonwood is one of the first trees to grow in early ecological succession of an abaondoned field. The male and female flowers are born on separate trees. The seeds can be carried for miles from female trees.
The information is from:
Trees of Missouri by Carl Settergren and Re. E. McDermott, University of Missouri-Columbia Agricultural Experiment Station, ©1979.