Part of poplar  genus Populus and willow  family Salicaceae.  If the mid-vein=narrow and buds=slightly-hairy (rather than mid-vein=​wide and buds=​sticky), some sources call this the subspecies plains cottonwood Populus deltoides monilifera or Populus deltoides occidentalis or Populus sargentii.

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA Great Plains, Midwest, East and South.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Populus hosts caterpillars of 367 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Can form a hybrid with balsam poplar  Populus balsamifera (also part of the poplar  genus Populus ), forming balm of Gilead  Populus gileadensis.   The hybrid occurs occasionally in nature.

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