Taxodium distichum

Taxodium distichum


Taxodium distichum


Taxodium distichum, commonly called bald cypress, is a long-lived, pyramidal conifer which grows 50-70' tall. Although it looks like a needled evergreen (same family as redwoods) in summer, it is deciduous ("bald" as the common name suggests). Trunks are buttressed (flared or fluted) at the base, and when growing in water, often develop distinctive, knobby root growths ("knees") which protrude above the water surface around the tree. Soft, feathery, yellowish-green foliage turns an attractive orange/cinnamon-brown in fall. Heavy, straight-grained, rot-resistant wood has been used for a variety of purposes including barrels, railroad ties and shingles.



Easily grown in average, medium to wet, moisture retentive but reasonably well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers moist, acidic, sandy soils, but tolerates a wide range of soil conditions ranging from somewhat dry soils to wet soils in standing water.


Type: Tree

Family: Cupressaceae

Zone: 4 to 9

Height: 50.00 to 70.00 feet

Spread: 20.00 to 45.00 feet

Bloom Time: Non-flowering

Bloom Description: Brown

Sun: Full sun

Water: Medium to wet

Maintenance: Low

Leaf: Good Fall

Attracts: Birds

Fruit: Showy

Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil, Air Pollution

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