Did you know?
Bald Cypress trees (Taxodium distichum) will develop "cypress knees", woody projections that protrude above the water level in the root zone, if grown in permanent standing water. There has yet to be an official consensus by scientists regarding the function of cypress knees, but it is likely that they serve as structural buttresses.
Up to 70 feet tall
Flowers, Fruit, Foliage
The cones are round, green, and covered with interesting patterns when young, but are brown and woody when mature. Needles are deciduous and will turn brown before abscission in mid-autumn. The bark is an attractive red color.
Pests & Diseases
Twig blight, wood decay, cypress, moths, spider mites, gypsy moths
Excellent as an accent, specimen, or shade tree in wet, swampy areas
Plant in full sun in acidic, moist soil. These extremely wind-hardy trees are moderately cold hardy and can tolerate extreme heat, standing water, drought, and urban pollution.
Swampy areas in the southeastern United States