General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: In Water
Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
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 feet; symmetrical, pyramidal, and upright
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Needled
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Male flowers are green drooping panicles while female flowers are greenish cones
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Flood Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Common names
  • Bald Cypress
  • Common bald cypress
  • Swamp Cypress
  • Southern bald-cypress

Photo Gallery
Location: Hill Country, Texas
Date: 2017-11-07
Location: Caddo Lake (Texas/Louisiana Border)
Date: 2020-08-31
Location: Guadalupe River State Park
Date: 2017-11-06
Location: Close to My Garden
Date: 2022-11-22
Location: Just down the road
Date: 2016-10-28
Location: My garden NSW Australia
Date: 2017-05-13
Swamp cypress trunk
Location: Waring, Texas
Date: 2014-02-01
Location: Comal County, Texas
Location: Caddo Lake (Texas/Louisiana Border)
Date: 2020-08-31
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-12-25
Location: Caddo Lake (Texas/Louisiana Border)
Date: 2020-08-31
Location: Texas Hill Country
Date: 2019-11-25
Thanksgiving hike
Location: my garden, Utah
Date: 2017-10-21
at sunset
Location: Caddo Lake (Texas/Louisiana Border)
Date: 2020-08-31
Location: Guadalupe River State Park
Date: 2016-04-06
Location: Texas Hill Country
Date: 2019-11-25
Location: Summerton, SC
Date: 2020-07-24
I love the beautiful coloration of the unique root knobs.
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-11-04
Fall color
Location: Guadalupe River, Comal County, Texas
Date: 2017-10-20
Location: Caddo Lake (Texas/Louisiana Border)
Date: 2020-08-31
Location: My garden NSW Australia
Date: 2009-06-07
60yo Swamp Cypress in autumn
Location: Caddo Lake (Texas/Louisiana Border)
Date: 2020-08-30
Photo by Jai_Ganesha
Location: San Marcos, Texas
Date: Fall
Bald Cypress: a stunning tree, no matter the season
Location: Summerton, SC
Date: 2020-07-24
Santee Cooper lake is filled with bald cypress trees both along t
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: September 18, 2021
Bald Cypress #16; RAB p.40, 17-1-1; LHB p.118, "For leaves simila
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: First Landing State Park
Date: March 6 2022
Location: First Landing State Park
Date: March 6 2022
Location: Merritt Island, Florida
Date: 2012-08-16 
Photo taken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt I
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-08-08
Photo by dirtdorphins
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universitaet Hamburg
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universitaet Hamburg
Location: NC| June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-14
Location: NC| June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-14
eee
Location: NC| June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-14
kinda scary looking
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2022-10-17
Location: Ft. Worth Water Gardens
Date: fall 2007
knees
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-07-18
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2013-01-03
a few cones
Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: 2014-08-13
trees at slide at public swimming pool
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universitaet Hamburg
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: central Illinois
Date: 11-24-11
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: Late summer 2010
Seed balls
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2016-01-20
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Date: April 6 2022
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-11-04
Fall color
Location: Summerton, SC
Date: 2020-07-25
A little smaller than a golf ball.
Location: Illinois
Bald Cypress \"knees\"
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas -- Bad Internet right now; If in wrong place, feel free to comment. Photos might jump sometimes
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-09-20
cones
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-02-03
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-02-03
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2013-01-03
line of trees in winter at shopping center
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2019-07-22
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2015-07-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-09-11
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: Summer 2010
Notice the red layer beneath the outer bark
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire
Date: 2016-07-11
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: Summer 2010
Branching
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2022-10-17
Location: Ft. Worth Water Gardens
Date: fall 2007
Location: Cerro, Italy.
Date: 2011-08-27
Photo courtesy of: Sciadopitys
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2019-07-06
Location: Oviedo, Florida, United States
Date: 2019-12-30
Knees.
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-02-03
Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois
Date: 2015-09-11
lone tree in summer
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2007-11-24
tree in autumn color
Location: NC| June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-14
Location: NC| June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-14
Location: Tyler Arboretum in southeast PA near Media
Date: 2010-01-09
the "knees" from submerged roots
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2017-04-16
submerged roots and knees
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-01-09
looking up trunk in winter
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2019-07-22
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-07-03
Location: Everglades, Florida
Date: March 2014
In early spring, barely beginning to emerge
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire
Date: 2016-11-01
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: Summer 2010
A 20 year old bald cypress
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-08-16 
Photo taken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt I
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-09-29
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2016-01-11
Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
Date: 2012-11-04
Location: Sarasota, FL
Date: 2015-04-30
Bonsai exhibit at Selby Gardens
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Location: Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2011-10-02
Photo by SongofJoy
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-09-22
Location: Chicago Botanical Gardens
Date: 2013-05-22
before leafing out
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-07-03
summer trees past shopping center road
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-07-03
tree in summer
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-02-03
Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: August 2000
lone maturing tree in summer
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2007-11-24
trees in fall color
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-02-03
Location: southeast Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-01-05
two trees in winter
Location: Longwood Gardens in southeast Pennsylvania
Date: 2014-10-03
mass of trees

Date: 2015-06-13
Credit Brandon Trentler
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-01-10
Bald Cypress trees at Bob  Woodruff Park in Winter
Location: Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) at Manatee Springs State Park
Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
Location: Sarasota, FL
Date: 2015-04-30
At Selby Gardens
Location: Sarasota, FL
Date: 2015-04-30
At Selby Gardens
Location: Ft. Worth Water Gardens
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-09-13
catkins - elongated cluster of single-sex flowers
Location: Arlington, Texas.
Date: Fall 2009
Bald Cypress in my neighborhood.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-08-07
Location: Fort Worth, Tx
Date: Fall, 2007
Location: Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2011-10-02
Location: Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2011-10-02
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-09-18
Location: central Mississippi.
Natural Resources Conservation Service photo (USDA)
Photo by SongofJoy
Location: Chicago Botanical Gardens
Date: 2013-05-22
cypress knees along the shoreline
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Comments:
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 19, 2011 2:09 AM concerning plant:
    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).
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 18, 2013 9:18 PM concerning plant:
    State tree of Louisiana.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 14, 2018 12:33 PM concerning plant:
    The Common Baldcypress grows wild in swamps, bottomlands, and along watercourses in a native range from southern Delaware & Maryland down the coastal plain into all of Florida over to southcentral Texas then up the Mississippi floodplain into southern Illinois and the southwest tip of Indiana. It grows about 1.5 to 2 feet/year for the first 50 years, and it is very long lived up to 1,200 years. The feathery, soft compound, linear, fine-textured, 2 ranked in a flat plane leaves that spiral around twigs turn a good brown-orange autumn color in autumn of this deciduous conifer. It bears rounded brown cones in fall. It has a shallow, fibrous root system and the submerged roots develop knees to intake air, and it is easy to transplant. This moisture-loving tree is sensitive to drought, and it can grow with a soil pH up to close to 7.0, after that it will develop iron chlorosis, as some did at the University of Illinois years ago where the pH was above 7 some points. It does fine when planted in average, upland, moist soils. It is occasionally planted in parks, office and industrial parks, around shopping centers, on estates, and larger public properties in the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest of the US, as well as the South. Many larger, diverse nurseries and some native plant nurseries sell some. (The similar Dawn Redwood from China is less often planted and has larger, coarser leaves that are arranged opposite on the twigs.)
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 29, 2011 4:19 PM concerning plant:
    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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