Also called swamp poplar and downy poplar.

Part of aspen/​cottonwood/​poplar  genus Populus in willow  family Salicaceae.

Native to the 🇺🇸 USA Mississippi Valley and mid-Atlantic.   ▭ 🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (colors), ▭ 🌎︎ map (North America, Central America).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Populus hosts caterpillars of 367 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  This plant is also known to be a host for (in areas where invasive) 🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula.

Often grows in clonal colonies [1] —look around for other stems!

Learn more about ♒︎ swamp cottonwood Populus heterophylla

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