|Populus deltoides is a large deciduous cottonwood that is pyramidal in youth, broad and open with large spreading branches in maturity. Bark is gray, with ridges and deep fissures, quite distinctive. Foliage is light to medium green, turning yellow briefly in the fall. The flowers are borne on hanging catkins, that appear before the leaves; in this species they have a rather pretty reddish cast to them. Tufted seeds fall around the tree and are the 'cotton' of cottonwood. They are usually found along waterways, but can tolerate a wide variety of conditions, including high pH, pollution and salt.
They are a somewhat messy tree not really suited to residential landscapes but can be used in harsh conditions where there are few choices.
Native from Quebec to North Dakota, south to Texas and Florida.