Bald Cypress Tree (Taxodium distichum)
Bald Cypress Tree
Kids just love fun, soft ferny foliage of the wonderful native tree Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum). You’ll love how simple it is to create a strong focal point and gain welcome shade. Just plant this admirable and unique tree in your yard!
With a wide native range that includes swampy areas of the Mississippi Valley in the Southeastern United States, this versatile tree can tolerate standing water. Perfect for low-lying areas, Rain Gardens and other big, open spaces, Bald Cypress tree gives decorative interest all year round.
The Bald Cypress is well-known for its love of wet areas, but it’s also adaptable to dry areas and city conditions. It can handle a wide variety of soil types and grows beautifully in either full sun or partial sun.
This is an easy care tree, and it is one of the oldest living trees in the world. The oldest known Bald Cypress Tree is found in North Carolina and is over 600 years old!
Bald Cypress is also a fast-growing tree with 2.5 feet of growth expected each year. You’ll love the speedy way it rockets up to achieve lovely, refreshing shade for you and your family.
This tall tree is a rare deciduous conifer that offers a fall color display. First, the soft, short and feathery needles turn a gorgeous cinnamon-red for autumn. This is a tree that will certainly turn heads throughout the fall season.
Next, the tree drops its needles for the winter. This is where the nickname “Bald” comes from.
Even in the winter, Bald Cypress gives visual interest. When its bright fall foliage has fallen, its attractive flared trunk has its moment to shine. The attractive silvery-gray bark has a wonderful shaggy texture that exfoliates to reveal noteworthy flashes of coppery, reddish-brown.
In spring, radiant, new green needles develop. The fern-like foliage is soft and flowing and grows into a graceful accent for your colorful summer plantings.
In the wild, many animals find shelter in Bald Cypress trees. Wild birds such as eagles love to nest in this tree. If grown in water, frogs and amphibians will use it as a habitat.
Now, you may not see much of that in suburbia, but your kids will love to play under the “pettable” branches. They’ll happily scramble over the fluted base and play in the cool, refreshing shade.
These tall, long-lived trees are highly adaptable to most soils. It’s a large scale tree with a pyramidal outline that would be a fantastic focal point for a large property, or big open spaces.
Parks and municipalities like to include them in the mix of trees being planted to increase the diversity of the urban landscape. They’ll handle urban conditions, sun, partial shade, and a variety of soil types without missing a beat.
Give them plenty of room to reach their mature height and width. You’ll want to use these trees as an anchor in a large natural planting. Try underplanting them with Azaleas, Rhododendrons or Sumac shrubs.
Can be used by rivers and lake properties that have wet soils. This is a perfect tree to shade a dock or boat house.
Use this anywhere in a Rain Garden, including the basin or Zone 1 where periods of extended moisture can occur. It will filter runoff water from roofs or driveways beautifully.
If grown around ponds or standing water, the root system may eventually develop a few of those cute “knees” after several decades. If grown in drier conditions, it will not develop knees. But, don’t worry – it will still be cute!
This fine-textured tree needs plenty of room to reach its maximum size. It grows in a pyramidal shape, and the slightly upturned, spreading branches are open and airy. If needed, prune any criss-crossing branches in early spring.
This tree is truly adaptable to most soils. It absolutely loves slightly acidic soil.
Give it medium moisture to establish for the first several growing seasons. Baby it a bit, you’ll be so glad you did.
You’ll love this lyrical tree. Generations of poets and writers have been inspired by it, and you will be, too.
|Bald Cypress Tree
|50 - 65 ft.
|20 - 30 ft.
|Full Sun, Partial Shade