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Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress

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Product: Bald Cypress

Scientific Name: Taxodium distichum

Type: Tree

Full Grown Size: Height of 50’-80’ and spread of around 30’ at maturity.

Lifespan: Between 75-100 years

Soil conditions: Adapted to most soils, including alkaline soils.

Light requirements: Grows best in full sun to partial shade.

Water requirements: Moderate watering. Best success occurs when plants are irrigated until established.

USDA Zones: Hardiness Zones 4-11

Foliage: Deciduous

Wildlife: Birds, Small mammals

Bald Cypress Trees are native to the southeastern region of the United States. The tree prefers acidic soil and can grow on dry land but grows well in standing water. (if grown in a wet environment, the lower part of the tree trunk forms knees.) The large taproot makes the tree drought and heat tolerant.

Bald Cypress trees prefer warm weather from Houston, South Texas, but can grow as far north as Delaware.

Bald cypress trees grows at a medium rate, grow rate of 18 to 24 inches per year, it can possibly reach over 100 feet tall and 40 feet wide.

The bald cypress tree is a deciduous conifer tree and loses its needles during the fall. Before the needles drop off the tree, they turn orange, rust red in color. The baldcypress can grow in Hardiness Zones 4–10

The Bald Cypress tree is considered to be generally free from disease and insect pests.

The oldest Cypress tree is located in Bladen County, North Carolina. The tree is over 1,600 years old.

The Bald Cypress Tree became the official state tree of Louisiana in 1963.

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