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An individual instance of Populus deltoides (eastern cottonwood)
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This tree is on the corner of 24th Ave. S. and Kensington Place near the Kappa Alpha house.

This is tree is in the top 25 largest trees of the Vanderbilt Arboretum. It ranks in the top tier primarily because of its massive 110 cm (43 inch) diameter, although at 27 meters (89 ft) it is one of the taller trees on campus.

Cottonwood leaves have toothed margins and are roughly triangular.  The petioles are flattened, causing the leaves to flutter in a breeze.  The bark of large trees is deeply furrowed.  The species is dioecious (separate male and female trees) and in the spring the male flowers look like flames hanging from the branches.  When the fruits on this female mature and open, they reveal their cottony insides (hence the common name). 

Cottonwood is a common tree along streams, rivers, and ponds in middle Tennessee.  Unlike most trees, it can stand having its base submerged. There are only four cottonwood trees in the arboretum and this is the only one near the main campus.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 3-62.

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Populus deltoides

W. Bartram ex Marshall

sec. 1993

common name: eastern cottonwood
family: Salicaceae
Identified 2014-08-27 by Steven J. Baskauf


Kensington and 24th Ave. S., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
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Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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