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Lanceleaf Cottonwood   arrow

Populus acuminata (pop’-u-lus a-ku-mi-na’-ta)
Family: Salicaceae, Willow

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Lanceleaf Cottonwood leafLeaf: 2-4 inches long. 1-2 inches wide. Oval or egg-shaped, pointed tip, round or wedge-shaped base. Base and tip smooth, rest toothed. Deep glossy green above, dull green below. Veins are light yellow. Two glands at top of round, long petiole.

Bud: Terminal bud 1/2 inch long, shiny, brown, may be gummy. Lateral buds smaller, flattened against stem.

Leaf Scar: Raised.

Stem: Pale yellow brown, smooth, slender, round.

Bark: Older stems are light gray-brown.

Pith: 5-sided.

Fruit: Catkins 4-5 inches long.

Habit: Dense, round crown. 40 feet tall. Colorado native.

Culture: High water requirement.