#073 Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)

This Cottonwood in McAlpine Creek Park sits near another Treasure Tree, Boxelder (#062). It’s located 700 feet past the start of an old trail to the north of the creek. It was nominated for State Champion in 1994 but lost by just three points.

Statistics (1993/2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 173"/199"
  • Height (Ft.): 139'/133'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 101/118'
  • Total Points: 337/362

More Information

  • Nominated By: Tom Martin and Joe McLaurin
  • Year Added: 1993
  • Owned By: Mecklenburg County
  • Current condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: McAlpine
  • Property Type: Public Park
  • Nearest Address: 8711 Monroe Rd
  • Ecological Value: The Cottonwood is actually in the Poplar family. It gets its name from the female seed capsules that produce silky white hairs, which resemble spun cotton. It is native to North Carolina.