Populus fremontii | Fremont Cottonwood grows in flood plains and by tapping into deep, underground water sources it is able to withstand long periods of drought. The leaves are large, bright green providing cool shade in hot desert climates and in the fall, they turn a brilliant yellow. It can grow into massive trees with trunks up to 10′ in diameter; it produces cotton and has shallow roots that can break up concrete, so it best use is for wetland restoration or in parks and pastures. Male clone varieties are available that doesn’t produce cotton, but Fremont Cottonwood is a fast growing tree with weak branches and a shallow root system, so choose a location where it has room to grow.
Growth rate: Fast