Fremont’s Cottonwood

Populus fremontii

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  • Fremont’s Cottonwood | Fremont's Cottonwod (Populus fremontii) Photo: Bri Weldon
  • Fremont’s Cottonwood | Fremont's Cottonwod (Populus fremontii) Photo: Bri Weldon
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Basic Information

Order

Malpighiales

Family

Salicaceae

Size

40 - 120 ft

Leaf Color

Green, Yellow Fall Foliage

Leaf Arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Leaf Shape

Cordate

Blooming Season

Spring

Bloom Color

White

Attracts

Wildlife

Medicinal uses for Fremont’s Cottonwood

Native Americans chewed the inner back to help with vitamin C deficiency.

Fremont’s Cottonwood Habitat

Fremont's Cottonwoods (Populus fremontii) thrive in moist soil along stream banks below 6,500 ft. where it gets plenty of sun.

Fremont’s Cottonwood Facts

Fremont's Cottonwoods (Populus fremontii) are an extremely fast growing tree native from Texas through southern California. They can shoot up dozens of feet in a single year under the right growing conditions. Its bark is whitish and roughly cracked, its heart like leaves turn a brilliant yellow in the fall. Beavers feed on the bark and build their dams out of them. They are named after General John Fremont who discovered them. Native Americans used the Fremont Cottonwood in a variety of ways, including for medicinal purposes and crafts such as basket weaving.

Fremont’s Cottonwood Distribution



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