Black Cottonwood


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Populus trichocarpa

Size/Zone: BR 12 – 18″

Sun: Prefers full sun

Soil Conditions: Flood plains

Special Uses:  Timber, birds, wildlife, forage, cover, food, bank stabilization

Fast growing with dark gray bark. Important browse for deer and elk. Nesting habitat for large birds.

Habitat Notes: Common along the larger rivers (Yamhill & Willamette). Prefers well drained sandy soils over heavy clay soils.  Can be difficult to establish in 1st year, but will grow quickly after establishment. Can be a “messy” tree; branches can become brittle and releases cotton like seeds which may cause allergies.

ID Notes: One of the tallest hardwoods in Yamhill Co. Leaves have silvery sheen when the wind is blowing.

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Height at 20 yrs. 60 ft. Deer Browse Low
Mature Height 110 ft. Wildlife Value Moderate-High
Growth Rate Rapid Timber Value Moderate (Pulp)
Lifespan Moderate Resprout Ability Yes
Moisture Use High Hardiness Moderate
Drought Tolerance Low  
Sun Tolerance High  

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Photo Credits:  The Wild Garden,, Dave Powell