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Populus fremontii

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Species Name: Populus fremontii
Common Name: Fremont Cottonwood or Gila Cottonwood or Alamo

A beautiful fast-growing shade tree. Loves water. Roots can be invasive, not good in lawns. Female trees produce cotton, males do not.

Plant Family: Salicaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 60' H x 20' W
Growth Habit: Tall, columnar
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: 6500'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color:
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Throughout California, except Modoc Plateau
Natural Habitat: Alluvial bottomlands, streamsides

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