Populus deltoides (Cottonwood, or Eastern Poplar)
12. Now walk in the grass along the library (north) side of Cook Hall. In the grove of trees separating Cook and TEL you can find: Populus deltoides (Cottonwood, or Eastern Poplar). Leaves are alternate and simple. The triangular shaped leaves with slightly lobed margins and flattened leaf stalks are characteristic. This tree is common in early stages of biological succession near beaches, bodies of water, and in disturbed areas. It is called "cottonwood" because of its fluffy white seeds. When the seeds are scattered by the wind in June they can resemble a showfall as they fly around. These trees grow very rapidly and have light soft wood.