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Populus angustifolia

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Species Name: Populus angustifolia
Common Name: Narrowleaf Cottonwood

Excellent ornamental and wildlife value in a well-watered area. Fast growing. Cottonwoods can have thirsty and invasive root systems, so beware when planting near pipes and structures. Rare in California!

Plant Family: Salicaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 30-50' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Crowns are narrow and conical
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to: 6000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color:
Endangered?: List 2/Red 3-2-1
Distribution: Eastern Sierra Nevada, San Bernardino Mountains, White Mountains
Natural Habitat: Riparian woodland

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