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.

cottonwood in containers

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

cottonwood leaves

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

cottonwood branches

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

  • cottonwood in containers
  • cottonwood leaves
  • cottonwood branches

Plant Details

Habitat:
Riparian Forests
Bottomland Forests
Floodplains; Bottomland Forest; Riparian Forest
Mature Height:
180’
Shade Preference:
Full Sun,
Soil Tolerance:
Moist soils
Special Uses:
Attracts birds; Provides wildlife forage, cover and food; Provides bank stabilization; Grown for timber production
Arboretum Locations:
Corvallis Waldorf School Native Arboretum
Year(s) Planted:
1996