Pond Cypress (Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium)

Botanical names:
Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium Accepted
Taxodium ascendens Synonym
Taxodium distichum var. imbricatum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: In Water
Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 40 to 60 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Other: Tend to be erect rather than ascending like Bald Cypress
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: Male flowers hang in 3 to 5 inch long panicles, Female flowers are small and occur near the branch tips.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Containers: Not suitable for containers

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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 20, 2019 11:25 AM

This Pond Baldcypress was once considered a separate species, but recently is now considered a natural variety of the Common Baldcypress. It is not as common as the Common Baldcypress and its native range is similar but smaller from coastal Virginia into Florida to Louisiana. It is called the Pond Cypress because it usually grows at the periphery of ponds and lakes rather than deeper into standing water. It is general smaller and narrower than the Common variety. Its awl-like appressed deciduous leaves are spirally arranged on the twigs. Its root knees are more rounded. It is offered by a few larger, diverse conventional nurseries, native plant nursery, and specialty nurseries. I have a friend who has planted several in his front yard in southeast Pennsylvania that are doing well and look quite lovely..

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