Thursday, June 28, 2018

Cottonwoods #ThursdayTreeLove

Cottonwoods are native to North America and were common where I used to live in Wichita, Kansas.    I also remember them from my preteen years, going to a sleepaway camp in northern New Jersey.  Their cottony seed mass coverings would blanket the ground.

Some call the release of the seeds "The snows of June".

These trees are among the fastest growing of trees, and are not well loved due to the mess they make. (However, there are male and female trees, and only the females produce the seeds).

I found this cottonwood tree ready to release on June 10 where I exercise walk on the Vestal Rail Trail.
Here is one of the seed masses close up.  It does look like cotton, doesn't it?

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10 comments:

  1. Don't think I've seen a cottonwood up close.

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  2. I hate these trees. The cotton plugs up roof vents, A/C units, screens. Ugh. When I moved here we were told they could not be planted, but the law was never enforced. Some folks have cut their's down, but not my next door idiot.

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  3. It's like snow here. But with warmth. Love it!

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  4. I had never heard of a cottonwood tree until the country song came out and was so popular. Your pictures look VERY much like cotton. Thanks for sharing.
    :) gwingal

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  5. Thanks so much for this, Alana. The novel I have been working on for years and that has gone through many versions, its no entitled WHEN THE COTTONWOODS BLEW. The MC of the story must deal with a tragedy that occurred on the day when The Cottonwoods Blew and I do relate the snow, the build up and it takes place in June. I lived near these trees in Illinois and in Iowa. Thanks.

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  6. Yes, that does look like cotton. I suppose it can't be spun into thread like real cotton, though.

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  7. Never seen these before . Always a joy to read about these wonderful trees!

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  8. Those are so beautiful. That pinkish color make them look so different and happy too. Never seen these before. Thank you for sharing! Such a great addition to the collection.

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  9. sounds interesting the first image doesn't look like cotton, the second does..

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