|Freemont Cottonwood trees are members of
the Willow Family.
typically grow along streams and in moist areas at elevations between
100 and 6000 feet. They are large trees that can grow to 100' in height
and have a trunk that can reach 4 feet in diameter. Young trees have
smooth gray bark, that becomes darker brown and furrowed as the tree
ages. Leaves are roughly triangular in shape with ridges along the
edges. They are bright green and shiny, which often makes the trees
stand out starkly against a less verdant desert landscape.
Cottonwoods grow in moist areas
and are often a good indicator that water is not far away.
The plant blooms in early spring, producing small
greenish yellow flowers, followed by fluffy white seeds (which give the
Cottonwood its name). A gust of wind can suddenly fill the air with
floating seeds, which then form clumps on the ground like snow drifts.
In autumn, the leaves turn a golden yellow before falling.