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Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)


Any of several North American poplar trees, such as Populus deltoides. Cottonwood trees grow fast and produce a fine-grain, uniform texture wood that works easily and stains well. However, the soft, pale color wood has a tendency to warp. Cottonwood is used for millwork, musical insturments, paneling, packing boxes, paper pulp, and excelsior.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Populus deltoides; choupo do Missuri (Port.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

Density 25-35 ppcf

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
  • Hardwood Manufacturers Institute, Memphis Tenn.: air-dry weight = 24 pcf
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937