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Lanceleaf Cottonwood

Populus x acuminata

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Populus (POP-yoo-lus) (Info)
Species: x acuminata



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Apache Junction, Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 25, 2009, uglysteve from Apache Junction, AZ wrote:

I planted a lanceleaf cottonwood 2 years ago. It was a skinny stick about 1/2 inch in diameter, and about 4 feet tall. It is now about 15 feet tall, and about 3 to 4 inch diameter at the base. It's the fastest growing tree I have. It takes the desert summer heat (115+) with enough water. Some leafs turn brown. I deep water it once a week. Seems to like finer soil that holds moisture. I had another one that was in sandy soil, and it died. Last winter when I cut off some low branches, I put them in the ground, and they all rooted. Some died when I failed to water. They are in a wash, so I hope I will be able to cut back on the water in a couple of years.

One problem I have is that bees seem to love to eat the new growth, all summer, when no flowers are blooming. That seems to ... read more