Taxodium distichum, Bald cypress, Swamp cypress

Taxodium distichum

Bald cypress, Swamp cypress
Family: Cupressaceae
Origin: Florida
USDA Zone: 4-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapBig tree taller than 20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterDeciduous plantFlood tolerant plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Taxodium distichum, commonly known as Bald cypress is a deciduous conifer native to swamps and wetlands of the Florida and Southeastern United States. A beautiful ornamental large tree, it typically reaches heights of tall 20 ft or more and is naturally very symmetrical in shape. It is commonly used in landscaping to line avenues and frame parks.

Taxodium distichum can also tolerate harsh environmental conditions, such as temperature extremes and extreme light or water levels. It is flood tolerant and even grows near sea-level in some areas, where it can tolerate salt spray. In colder regions, growing Taxodium distichum in a pot is possible. Ensure the soil is kept moist and provide plenty of direct sunlight. In cold climates, the soil should be mixed with compost, which helps create a warmer, more moist environment for the tree.

Taxodium distichum grows in USDA Zones 4-9. The tree offers interest in the landscape all year round. The foliage is a light to medium green hue in summer and gold, rusty brown and orange colors in autumn. Additionally, its bark is soft and fibrous and exfoliates in strips when mature.

This is a great tree for urban and coastal areas, as it is able to withstand pollution and wind. It may be used in windbreaks and living fences, to give the landscape a unique and colorful touch. Taxodium distichum is an ideal ornamental tree that can be used to shape and create a beautiful landscape.

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