Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum Mickelson’)

Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress

  • Beautiful Green Needles
  • Pleasing Pyramidal Shape
  • Widely Adaptable to All Environments
  • Bright Orange Fall Color
  • Deep Green, Featherlike Foliage
  • Tolerates Wet, Heavy, and Clay Soils
  • Perfect for Wind or Privacy Screens

At a glance, you’d think you were looking at an evergreen tree. The cone shape and the needle-esque foliage certainly give it the appearance as well. However, after closer inspection, you’ll see that the Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum ‘Mickelson’) is actually a deciduous tree and the needles are just very thin leaves. You’ll love the intriguing blend of styles this tree brings to your yard.

Often found in parks bunched together, this midwest native is unlike most other cone-bearing trees. The Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress loses its needles each winter, giving it the appearance it really is going bald.

However, during the spring and summer months, this tree’s needles are a gorgeous deep shade of emerald.

Before balding for the winter, this tree has a surprise in store. The Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress will turn a vivid shade of rust orange in a glorious display of fall color! You may have memories of walking through a park and marveling at the different colored needles.

This tree has a long history starting in the southern swamps, bayous, and rivers. Today, it can be found anywhere from the salty coastal areas of Maryland to the dryer parts of lower Texas.

Gardeners and landscapers alike love the versatility and hardiness of the Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress.

If you’re looking for a dependable yet interesting tree, the Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress is for you! Its charming featherlike needles and its rust colored show in the fall makes it perfect for all kinds of yards.

How to Use Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress in the Landscape

The uses for this cypress tree are nearly endless. Use them as a backdrop for your garden to give your lovely perennial garden a deep green screen that’ll make the flower colors pop.

Using a Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress tree is a fantastic way to create a privacy screen between you and your neighbors. It will also act as a windbreaker for those gusty summer days!

This specimen can be used just about anywhere you’d put a regular evergreen but with the added fall interest. A walk through the garden on a crisp fall day will feel like a dream with a few of these Cypress’s interspersed with evergreen varieties.

For added interest, try planting these in a more natural looking design. This will make it look as though nature itself decided the location. Do this by avoiding planting them in a straight line.

With as wet as these trees don’t mind their feet getting, Shawnee Brave is the perfect addition to your rain garden! Or for naturalizing near its native areas.

Use one or two of these trees as centerpieces to your yard or add a few to your property border to add some fall interest. You’ll be hard pressed to find a hardier, more adaptable tree no matter what kind of environment you live in.

Tips For Care

While the Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress started as a swamp and water loving tree, it does quite well in any type of soil as long as it has access to a bit of water. For best results, plant in acidic or sandy soil.

Have a spot you’d like a shade tree but the heavy, wet, or clay soil seems to thwart all your plans? Try Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress! It’ll grow much better than most other options in these conditions.

They also thrive in bright sunny spots that get the occasional touch of shade. They are truly a versatile tree!

When planting, keep in mind the magnificent size your full grown Shawnee Brave will soon be. No need to crowd when planting them as younglings. There’s also little need to worry about deer damage as deer populations will more often than not leave these trees alone.

Investing in a Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress not only gives you a multitude of landscaping options but also provides a stunning shade tree that requires very little additional maintenance.

Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum Mickelson’) Details

Common name Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress
Botanical name Taxodium distichum Mickelson'
Hardiness zone 4-11
Growth rate Medium
Height 50 - 60 ft.
Width 20 - 30 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture High/Medium
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly No
Leaf color Deciduous