Baldcypress is an iconic swamp-loving tree that grows equally well in terrestrial locations. This stately tress has a straight trunk and pyramidal form with feathery, soft green foliage that turns 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 green to purple maturing to brown.
Baldcypress grows naturally in standing water sending up numerous knobby knees. Knees are not as prevalent when planted in soil.
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, around lakes, and wet and dry soil. Very striking in groves.
- Native, deciduous conifer
- Stately and wind tolerant
- Prefers moist growing conditions
- Category: Tree, Wetland, Native
- Hardiness Zone: 4-11
- Height: 50-70 ft
- Spread: 20-30 ft
- Foliage Color: Green
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Taxodium distichum
Prefers moist, acidic soils in full sun. Will grow in standing water but also grows well in drier soil. Stands up well to strong winds and is somewhat salt tolerant.