Taxodium ascendens

Pond Cypress (Pond Baldcypress)

Taxodium ascendens (syn. Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium) is a wetland-tolerant baldcypress that grows very tall and has a columnar habit. Bright green foliage changes to rich orange-brown in fall. Often late to leaf out.  Although it looks like a needled evergreen in summer, it is deciduous. Small rounded cones are purplish maturing to brown.

The main difference between this and the Common Baldcypress (T. distichum) is the bark is light brown and deeply furrowed, the branchlets are erect, the foliage is bright green, the knees are more rounded, and it usually grows on pond margins as opposed to in the water.

Attracts birds that eat the seeds. Older trees form natural hollows that are used as cover by wildlife.

Excellent specimen tree for large areas, parks, and wet and dry soil. Very striking in groves.

  • Native deciduous tree
  • Columnar habit and distinct foliage
  • Tolerates wet conditions

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Landscape Characteristics
Bark Color
Branch Structure
Ornamental Fruit
Specialty Use
Wildlife Garden
Classification by Use
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Light Requirement
Part Sun
Fall Color
Growth Rate
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Wet Soil/Wetlands
Foliage Color
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Taxodium ascendens

Prefers moist, acidic soils in full sun. Also grows well in drier soil. Stands up well to strong winds and is somewhat salt tolerant.