Friday, July 15, 2011

Poplar Fluff

A couple of weeks ago we had one of those seasonal episodes when the poplar trees next door started shedding the white fluff from their catkins. With any little breeze, the air was filled with white cottony snow, a little like milkweed seeds, blowing through the sky and accumulating in places on the ground. There was so much of it that the grass was covered in white fuzz near the trees.

These are hybrid poplars, likely with a strong genetic element of native cottonwood in their make-up. Watching the snowy cotton fluffs blow around, I realize now why it's called 'cottonwood'.

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