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Black Cottonwood | Populus trichocarpa

Fast growing with dark gray bark. Black cottonwood may be planted as a windbreak. It is dangerous near homes, as the wandering roots will find septic systems and drain fields. It is illegal to plant within Corvallis City limits without the signature of the City Manager.


Plant Details

HabitatsRiparian Forests, Bottomland Forests
Habitat NotesFloodplains; Bottomland Forest; Riparian Forest
Years Planted at Arboretums1996
Mature Height180’
Shade PreferenceFull Sun
Soil ToleranceMoist soils
Special UsesAttracts birds; Provides wildlife forage, cover and food; Provides bank stabilization; Grown for timber production