Volunteer that descended from old Cottonwood Tree
that grew on the east lawn of Riddle Elementary School
Trimmed to a tree 6-2008.
Eastern Cottonwoods typically live 70 to 100 years, but they have the potential to live 200 to 400 years if they have a good growing environment. Calling the Cottonwood Tree "The Pioneer of the Prairie", the Kansas State Legislature designated the Cottonwood Tree the official state tree of Kansas in 1937.
This tree was descended from an old Cottonwood Tree that blew down in a storm and is no longer standing at Riddle Elementary School.
Tree located at
Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Very tall tree with large trunk 3 to 4 feet in diameter, and many stout branches; crown open, spreading. When growing in the open, often forks near the base into 2 to 6 trunks; grows to a height of 100 feet.
Prefers moist soils; often found near streams, often in pure stands or with willows.
Eastern U.S. above Florida and below Vermont, in the foothills of the Rockies, and from southern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.