Over the weekend Chicago became inundated with millions of seeds for the eastern cottonwood tree. Perhaps the fuzzy seeds floating around Chicago managed to get lodged in your hair, face or food if you happened to be eating outside. The seeds for populus deltoides, one of North America's largest hardwood trees, can become a nuisance in the garden, in particular, if you are new at starting plants from seeds.
Eastern Cottonwood Tree Seeds
Here, some seeds for the eastern cottonwood tree landed in a tray of seeds I started and began to germinate. Fortunately, the seeds in the paper tube pots I started had been growing for a while and so there is no chance of me getting them confused. If you see some sprouts that you don't recognize and the "parachutes" that carry the seeds collected on the soil or on plants chances are those sprouts are from the eastern cottonwood tree.
Some found their way into buckets I use to collect rainwater and sprouted while floating on the surface of the water.