Member Price: $69.95
Member Price: $69.95
The Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a unique and majestic deciduous conifer native to the southeastern United States. Known for its distinctive "knees" and ability to thrive in wet, swampy environments, this stately tree offers year-round interest with its feathery foliage, intriguing growth habit, and adaptability to various landscape settings.
The Bald Cypress is a large, fast-growing tree that can reach heights of 80-100 feet, with a spread of 40-50 feet. Its trunk is straight and columnar, with a buttressed base and distinctive, knobby "knees" that emerge from the root system, particularly in wet conditions. The leaves are feathery and soft, arranged in a flat, feather-like pattern on the branches. The foliage is bright green in the spring and summer, turning a stunning orange-brown before dropping in the fall.
Though the Bald Cypress is native to swampy areas and is often associated with wetlands, it is surprisingly adaptable and can grow well in various soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. The tree is also able to tolerate both wet and moderately dry conditions, making it a versatile choice for many landscapes.
The Bald Cypress is a monoecious tree, meaning it produces both male and female flowers on the same tree. The male flowers, or catkins, are elongated and pendulous, appearing in the spring in clusters at the tips of the branches. The female flowers are small, round, and green, appearing at the branch tips as well. While the flowers of the Bald Cypress are not particularly showy, they play an essential role in the tree's reproduction.
Following the flowering stage, the Bald Cypress produces small, round cones that serve as its fruit. The cones are approximately 1 inch in diameter and consist of a woody, scaled structure that turns from green to brown as they mature in the fall. The cones release small, winged seeds that are dispersed by wind and water, facilitating the tree's propagation in the wild.
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