PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Cottonwood Poplar

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Populus deltoids /  Salicaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Eastern Cottonwood, Plains cottonwood, Rio Grande cottonwood, Necklace Poplar

CONDITIONS: sun
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

     

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

     

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

inner

 

RAW/COOK

Spring

Sap

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Inner bark; Leaves; Buds; Seed; Sap. Inner bark - A mucilaginous texture, it is usually harvested in the spring, often dried, ground into a powder and then used as a thickener in soups etc or added to cereals when making bread. Seeds - very small and would be exceedingly fiddly to collect and use. Sap - used for food. Leaves - a concentrate is as nourishing as meat, but can be produced faster and more cheaply. Some people believe that this will become a major food source for humans. No details on seed, sap, or bud preparation. (1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: The leaves are rich in protein and have a greater amino-acid content than wheat, corn, rice and barley. Inner bark high in calories and Vitamin C.(4) Anodyne;  Anthelmintic;  Antiinflammatory;  Antiscorbutic;  Blood purifier;  Febrifuge;  Poultice;  Tonic.(1)

 

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OTHER USES: Roots dried for use in friction fire making. The wood is also used for boxes, crates, furniture, plywood, matches and paper products.(2) Biomass;  Dye;  Pioneer;  Rooting hormone;  Shelterbelt;  Soil stabilization;  Wood.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Populus+deltoides
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/populus-deltoides-popular-poplars-and-aspens-2
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Populus_deltoides
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2012/08/cottonwood.html (good photos)