Populus fremontii. FREMONT COTTONWOOD. Western North America
SALICACEAE (Willow family)

The leaf is triangular, about 3 inches long, and has a toothed edge but the teeth are rounded. The leaf petiole is flattened. This cottonwood is found in parts of California that are drier than here. A wild population grows along the creek that runs on the west side of Stanford Avenue, below Frenchman’s dam (across from Ryan Court); large trees can be seen below Junipero Serra Boulevard at the highway bridge near Alpine Road. Specimens also are on Serra Street between El Camino Real and Pampas Lane. A Fremont cottonwood near Sutter’s Fort State Park, Sacramento, was 82 feet tall in 1968.

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Related material: John Thomas in his 1961 Flora of the Santa Cruz Mountains gives only one location: "San Francisquito Creek near Stanford".

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