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Taxodium distichum /Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum  / Taxodium distichum
Incredible autumn color like this nearly every year
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Incredible autumn color like this nearly every year

Young tree with autumn colored foliage

Specimen tree in a lawn

Close-up image of the autumn colored foliage

Round seed-bearing cone in late summer

A natural habitat for the cypress on a university lake at LSU in Baton Rouge

Swollen buttress and knees in a swampy landscape

Autumn colored foliage reflected in water

A natural stand of cypress trees in South Louisiana swamp

Seed cones and foliage

Three young deciduous trees in winter

A pair of handsome lawn specimens at Mississippi State University

Seed-bearing cones in late autumn

Seed-bearing cones

Seed cones in late autumn as the foliage begins to fall

Specimen tree on Mississippi State University campus

A grove of cypress growing adjacent to a pond

Typical winter forms silhouetted against a blue sky

Trees planted in large containers submerged in water at the Shangri-La Gardens in Orange, TX

Bonxai in training since 1987

Several plants trained as bonsai

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Scientific Name: Taxodium distichum
Common Name: Bald Cypress
Plant Type: Deciduous
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Autumn Color
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Comments: Cypress trees grow in a wide range of soil conditions from quite dry to very wet, standing in water. The growth rate is very different in the extremes. The soft delicate, feathery fernlike foliage, striking autumn color, ability to grow in wet and dry soils, its ability to withstand strong winds, and relatively fast rate of growth for the first ten years are a few of the reasons why this native tree is favored for use in many landscape situations. This is the state tree of Louisiana.