Cottonless Cottonwood Tree
A large tree to 100 feet tall and a stout trunk to 6 feet or more in diameter, with thick, heavy branches that form a rounded, spreading crown.
Occurs along streambanks, riverbottoms, and sandbars in East and Central Texas. Also planted as a fast-growing shade tree on rural homesteads.
Simple, alternate, leaf blade 3" to 5" long and across, triangular in shape, on a flattened petiole 2" to 3" long; pointed at the tip, square at the base or slightly heart-shaped, and coarsely toothed on the margin; shiny and medium green on top, lighter beneath. The flat petiole makes the leaves twist and shimmer even in a light breeze.