Bald cypress

Taxodium distichum and cvs.

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bailey Nurseries
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Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum and cvs.)
tax-OH-dee-um DISS-tih-kum
Genus:  Taxodium
Its great beauty and variety of sizes and shapes makes this deciduous conifer a candidate for extensive use. Bald cypress is a tall, conical, almost columnar tree with pale brown, shallowly fissured bark. Its bright green needles become golden in the fall. The cultivar 'Monarch of Illinois' is shaped totally unlike the typical bald cypress, but shares its delicate foliage and warm-looking, ruddy bark. It has a large, rounded crown, like a maple. With an ultimate height of about 85 feet and spread to 65 feet, it is suited to large gardens. A smaller cultivar, 'Shawnee Brave', has a narrow, pyramidal growth habit, an ultimate height of 70 feet, and a span of up to 18 feet.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  In wet sites, trees produce aerial roots called "knees." The cultural requirements are minimal, and the trees are resistant to disease and pests.
Care:  Provide moist to wet, preferably acidic soil, in full sun or partial shade.
Problems:  Leaf spot, bark beetle, and wood rot can occur.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Characteristics
Interesting Bark,
Showy Foliage
Uses
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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