[The Aspen and Cottonwoods of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Black Cottonwood, Balsam Poplar

Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa

Synonym: Populus trichocarpa

Balsam Poplar, Black Cottonwood: Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa (Synonym: Populus trichocarpa)

A black cotton wood in late winter showing its form. The leaf buds on this speciman are already swelling in preparation for new leaves in early April. Photographed at the Deschutes Rive rState Recreation Area near the mouth of the Deschutes River...................February 11, 2012.

The photo above shows the leaf shapes of leaves of black cottonwood from SnowKing SnowPark along Rd #82on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Adams..............August 25, 2005. The upper leaf surface is shown in the middle.

Balsam Poplar, Black Cottonwood: Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa (Synonym: Populus trichocarpa)

Black cottonwood as seen on the banks of Major Creek about 100 meters north of Washington Highway 14 in the Columbia River Gorge............May 28, 2013. The pendant catkins are releasing their fluffy seeds.

The photo above shows the lighter colored lower leaf blade surface of black cottonwood from SnowKing SnowPark along Rd #82on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Adams..............August 25, 2005.

Paul Slichter