This tree is a member of the Poplar family and is a native of the Los Angeles region. Its bright green heart shaped leaves calmly rustle in the wind and it too can be found along waterways. Its cousins are scattered across North America, Europe and Asia. The Tongva Native Americans used it’s flexible inner bark that they would cut into strips and would work until soft to make aprons with. Finally, like our first “Name That Tree” contestant, it can be found here in the park.
It…..is…..the….. Cottonwood tree. Yes my friends the glorious Cottonwood tree. Come on down to Los Angeles State Historic Park and say hi to your leafy friends.