Also called Swamp Cypress
More About Taxodium distichum
- Upright, pyramidal, with nearly horizontal branching
- Soft, feathery, flat, green needles in the summer
- Foliage turns copper-red in the fall before defoliating
- Heavily tapered trunk with narrow, vertically strips of peeling bark
- Tolerates moisture-retentive or submerged soil once the tree is established
The common bald cypress is native to southern American swamps, bayous and rivers. It is primarily found in coastal areas from Maryland to Texas and in the lower Mississippi River Valley.
Common Bald Cypress Growing and Maintenance Tips
While taxodium have the appearance of evergreens, they shed their needles every fall. A large, ornamental tree for parks or large lawns. Good selection for growing in wet soils either in low spots or near water. Note: Chlorosis often occurs in an alkaline soil.
Taxodium distichum Characteristics
Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Wet Soils
Moist to Average
Wetland (Root submerged)