(Populus deltoides )
One of several of our native tree collection, cottonwoods grow quickly. This tree needs bare soil and full sun; in natural conditions, it usually grows near rivers, however, human soil cultivation has allowed it to increase its range away from such habitats. The leaves serve as food for various types of caterpillars. Cottonwoods (with their cottony wind-borne seeds) are no longer planted on campus due to their suckering tendency and susceptibility to storm damage.