Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Trees That Please Nursery: 30 Days of Fall Foliage, Tuesday November 6th.

The Valley Cottonwood

Trees That Please Nursery propagates only the male, or cotton-less Valley Cottonwood trees (Polulus wislizeni). Where water is not limiting the Valley Cottonwood can grow 4’ – 6’ per year reaching 40’ – 50’ tall and wide. Planting site for these giant fast-growing trees must be carefully considered as they are surface rooted trees capable of heaving sidewalks, driveways, walls or damaging the foundations of homes. They should be planted no closer than 25’ or further from structures.

The Valley Cottonwood puts on a gorgeous fall color show.

It leaves turn yellow

or yellow-gold.
 

This time of year the banks of the Rio Grande in the Central Rio Grande valley of New Mexico are lined with golden yellow Valley Cottonwoods. The Valley Cottonwood is also called the Rio Grande Cottonwood.


Narrative by:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Photos by:
Anna Forester - Store Manager
and
Stephen Sain

 

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