Bald Cypress is a fast growing long-lived, conifer tree. This is a large pyramidal tree that can grow 50 to 70 feet tall, with a trunk diameter at breast height of up to 10 feet or more. It is native to Southeastern swamps in the United States. In the South, it is a familiar sight that grows directly in swamp water, often in large stands, covered with Spanish moss. In the summer it looks like a needled evergreen but it is deciduous with the foliage turning an attractive orange cinnamon brown to red in the fall before dropping. ("bald" as the common name suggests). Though native to swamp areas, it grows very well in drier, upland soils. Trunks are buttressed at the base, and when growing in water, it will develop distinctive, knobby root growths ("knees") which protrude above the water surface around the tree to 6 feet high. The bark is reddish gray or brown with long fibrous ridges that peel off in strips. The cones, mature in late summer, are round and about an inch in diameter.........Bald Cypress is related to the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) which is also deciduous. Taxodium in Greek means resembling yews (Taxus) referring to the flat needles. Bald Cypress is the State tree of Louisiana...........Growing Info: Scarification: Soak in ethyl alcohol, let stand in alcohol for 5 minutes. Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days. Germination: can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination, sow seed 1/4 deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed.
Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum Southern, Tree Seeds
Fall Colors, Hardy, Adaptable, Easy to Grow, Fast Growth, Long Lived, Bonsai
Shade Tree, Street Tree, Cold, Heat, Drought, Salt, and Wind Tolerant
Botanical Name: Taxodium distichum Southern Family: Cupressaceae Genus: Taxodium Species: distichum
Bald Cypress is a fast growing long-lived, conifer tree that can grow 50 -70 feet tall