The plains cottonwood, (Populus deltoides), dominates the stream banks along the Bighorn River below the mouth of Bighorn Canyon.
"Cotton" Floating On The Breeze
The leaves are triangular to heart shaped with coarsely toothed margins. Their leaf stems are flattened lengthwise so the leaves flutter in the breeze like those of the related quaking aspen. The leaves turn yellow in the fall providing most of the autumn color in the valley.
Did You Know?
The Bighorn River is rated one of the world’s finest trout streams because of its abundant and large trout, dense insect hatches, and easy accessibility. When water is plentiful, populations of brown and rainbow trout can number almost 11,000 fish per mile. More...