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Post by Nucky on Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:47 am

They're trees that dump a bunch of cotton on everything around them during "cotton season", which around here is the month of June. It's the peak of "cotton season" around where I live. Do you have them around where you live? I really like this time of year, there are little bits of cotton floating in the air everywhere and it's pretty in the sunlight.

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Post by TheStargazer on Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:20 pm

Yeah, they're all over around here, especially at country houses and around the nearby lake. I like them too, I used to call the floating cotton 'stars' when I was little
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Post by melodiccolor on Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:44 pm

Although it's messy, it's fun to watch the cottonwood fluff float in the sunlight. They are also major nesting sites for a variety of birds here.

The major downside is that if one sprouts up within 50 feet of a house, the roots will clog the sewage pipes and rip apart the foundation. Once one is cut down, a forrest of sapplings takes its place and they can pop up as far as 200 yards away.

Too bad. In rural areas and in the wild, they are wonderful trees.

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Post by BlueTopaz on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:13 pm

When I was little in Denver there were a lot of cottonwoods around. I liked them too. I like the cotton floating, but I also like the trees. Out on the plains you could always tell where a stream was by the stand of cottonwoods.

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Post by BlueEyes on Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:28 pm

It's all over and in everything in town but not much at my house.

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