Sunday, July 10, 2011
Why some people hate cottonwood
They make summer snow.
Eventualy, the whole seed pod drops down to litter.
But I don't hate cottonwoods. They're the biggest trees we have in the Anchorage area, they provide lots of green, noise muffling, air cleaning leaves. Everything good comes with a cost. Cars get us places fast, but endanger us - quickly through collisions and gradually through pollution. Chocolate makes our pants tighter. The companionship of pets, requires care in exchange.
And I believe there is great potential in cottonwood cotton, the right person just hasn't focused on how to make it profitable. Here's an earlier post exploring what people have already done with cottonwood cotton and catkins.
It all depends if you see a problem or a potential.