This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Cotton Tree, Populus Argentea, Michx, and according to Gray P. heterophyl la, L., is found in the Middle, Western and Southern States; and Micheaux, especially, refers to a large swamp in southern Illinois, and to Fort Mapac, on the Ohio river, as habitats.
The tree is large, with thick bark, the shoots are round, the young leaves very downy, becoming large, and having the lobes at the base overlapping each other.
The wood is described as inferior, becoming yellowish at the heart.
All of these would probably receive the name of Cottonwood among our Western wood-choppers; and, indeed, they bear very near resemblance, and have close analogies. The first botanical descriptions have been purposely omitted in this resume.