Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: In Water
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: up to 100 feet
Plant Spread: 35' symmetrical, pyramidal, and upright
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Male flowers are green drooping panicles while female flowers are greenish cones
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 19, 2011 2:09 AM

One cool tree. Autumn brings yellow-copper hue to leaves before dropped (1 of only a few conifer trees w/ deciduous habit). Tree is well suited to wet conditions (though conversely, is drought tolerant when established). Fast growth rate (2'/yr), can reach 60' in less than 25 years). Often utilized in landscaping. Native to the US.
When in standing water, often sends up large root projections called knees above surface of earth or water (note pics from Ft Worth).

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 29, 2011 4:19 PM

This plant started from a tiny seedling about 20 years ago. It lost its top during the wretched ice storm of 2009, but still retained its very nice cone shape. The needle-like leaves turn orange in fall, then shed. It's the only one of the cypress trees that loses its leaves, which is why it's called the bald cypress.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 18, 2013 9:18 PM

State tree of Louisiana.

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