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Eastern Cottonwood develops very quickly into a rather coarse and robust tree. Its shiny leaves glitter in the sunlight, and they make a conspicuous flapping sound in the wind that can be construed as either relaxing or annoying. This tree can be distinguished from its relatives from the deltate shape of its leaves, which have bottoms that are more or less flat. The narrowly rounded teeth of its leaves are somewhat unusual because they are slightly hooked, and it has flattened petioles, unlike some Populus spp. Trees that are referred to as 'poplars,' 'aspens,' and 'cottonwoods' are members of the same genus and closely related to each other.

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