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Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)

Scientific Name: Taxodium distichum
Available Size: 4-6′

49 in stock

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Type: Deciduous tree

Family: Cupressaceae

Height: 50-70 feet

Spread: 20-45 feet

Native Range: southeastern US and Mississippi River valley in southeast Missouri

Site Requirements:

Soil: All types

Water: Medium to wet

Sunlight needs: Full sun

Tolerates: Deer, clay soil, wet soil, air pollution

Landscape use: Rain Garden. 

Brief Description: Bald cypress is a long-lived, pyramidal conifer (cone-bearing tree). 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. 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. Heavy, straight-grained, rot-resistant wood has been used for a variety of purposes including barrels, railroad ties and shingles.

Wildlife Benefits

Possible Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Chlorosis often occurs in alkaline soils. Bagworms, gall mites and spider mites are occasional insect pests and twig blight is an occasional disease pest.

Stand out Features: A large ornamental tree for parks or large lawns, good fall color.


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