Populus deltoides ~ Eastern Cottonwood-ServeScape
Populus deltoides ~ Eastern Cottonwood-ServeScape
Populus deltoides ~ Eastern Cottonwood-ServeScape
Populus deltoides ~ Eastern Cottonwood-ServeScape
Populus deltoides ~ Eastern Cottonwood-ServeScape
Populus deltoides ~ Eastern Cottonwood-ServeScape

Eastern Cottonwood

Populus deltoides

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  • Delivery to Greater Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC & Tallahassee, FL area ONLY, within 5-7 business days. (Click HERE to see our Delivery Area Map)
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    (Mon/Wed/Fri 11am-4pm - 3708 N Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA)
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Planning to install this yourself? We recommend a size 15 Gallon or smaller for DIY installations. These sizes do not require any offloading equipment.
Any tree or shrub that is sized by HEIGHT or CAL (Caliper- size where the trunk meets the root flare) is delivered with a large root ball wrapped in burlap (B&B). They are typically 1000+ LBS per plant. They will require heavy equipment to install. Installation is not included in the price of the plant. We highly recommend adding the ServeScape ‘One-Click’ Installation service (must be added at the cart page) for material of this size, or working with a contractor that can provide equipment for installation.

For any tree or shrub that is sized larger than 10’ HEIGHT or 3” CAL, the customer will be required to provide offloading equipment or a contractor to offload unless paying for installation through ServeScape. We will coordinate delivery with you so that your contractor can have equipment ready upon your plant's arrival!
**Dormancy Note - This plant is currently dormant for the winter! It is available for purchase! Your delivered plant may be dormant, or showing very little top growth. However, you can still plant! These plants are putting all their energy into root production, so they will be ready to thrive in the spring! If you have any issues with your plant the following peak season, you can fill out our return request form to request a replacement plant.

The Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) is a large and fast-growing deciduous tree native to North America. Here's some information about it:

  1. Appearance: Eastern Cottonwood trees are known for their impressive size, reaching heights of 60-100 feet (18-30 meters) with a spread of 40-60 feet (12-18 meters). They have a broad, open canopy with a straight trunk and stout branches. The leaves are triangular in shape, with serrated edges and a shiny green color. In the fall, the leaves turn a vibrant yellow.

  2. Growth: Eastern Cottonwood trees have a rapid growth rate, making them one of the fastest-growing trees in North America. They can gain several feet in height each year, reaching maturity in about 20-30 years.

  3. Landscape Use: Due to their large size, Eastern Cottonwood trees are commonly planted in open areas such as parks, large landscapes, and along water bodies like rivers and streams. They provide excellent shade and can be used to create windbreaks.




Northwest and Eastern US; GA Native


50' - 80'


35' - 60’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

2 - 9


Full Sun

Bloom Color: 


Season of Interest: 

Fall, Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Medium Maintenance.  Susceptible to dieback, leaf spots, rusts, powdery mildew, and cankers.  Common pests include caterpillars, borers, aphids and scale.  Generally bad for urban use, as they are weak wooded, and the roots can buckle sidewalks or damage sewer lines.  All-male cultivars have no cleanup.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland Gardens, Wildlife Garden, Naturalized Areas, and Shade Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS: Creeping PhloxYewDwarf Lilac

IMAGES: Photo by Andrey Zharkikh20210525_094150, (2) Jay Sturner from USA, Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) - Flickr - Jay Sturner (1)CC BY 2.0, (3) Laurent BélangerPeuplier deltoïde feuillageCC BY-SA 4.0, (4) R. A. NonenmacherPopulus deltoides SCA-03469CC BY-SA 4.0, (5) Photo by Andrey Aharkikh,  SeedsCC BY 2.0 , (6) Photo by Nick Varvel, Eastern Cottonwood

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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