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).
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