Giant Cottonwood

Posted on October 26, 2013. Filed under: Photography, Plants | Tags: , , , , |

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Out for a lunchtime stroll with Bill on a break from my class, we came upon this enormous tree.  I couldn’t recognize it.  With the shape of an elm, but leaves I didn’t know, we took some pics, grabbed a leaf and wandered on, puzzling over it.  Then we found a ranger’s cabin actually manned by friendly rangers who easily identified it as a cottonwood.  Well that explains the mystery, these trees have been banned from sale for quite awhile in my state because of the mess they make with their cottony seeds in spring, but here, in North Dakota along the Red River that is known to flood it makes perfect sense:

“The cottonwoods are exceptionally tolerant of flooding, erosion, and flood deposits filling around the trunk.”  Wikipedia

I love a little mystery like this – solved.  Such fun and such a beautiful tree!

Plants - Cottonwood 1

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