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Cottonwood: Fremont Cottonwood, Western Cottonwood Populus fremontii
FAMILY: SALICACEAE (Willow Family)
The Fremont cottonwood Populus fremontii is not only a fast-growing and deep-rooted shade tree at the Safari Park but also an important part of the history of the American Southwest. In the early days of western exploration, many stage stops and mines were established under the broad crowns of cottonwood trees, and these spots later turned into settlements and towns. In fact, some of the stands of old cottonwood trees at the Park are left over from early settlers in the San Pasqual Valley, who planted them around their homes.