Taxodium distichum

Taxodium distichum

Bald Cypress

[optinlocker]Bald Cypress comes from the mid-west areas of North America and is noted for its upright growth in wet areas. The tree will tolerate long periods where the roots are in standing water, and will survive periods of two to three weeks without irrigation.

This is one of the deciduous conifers that is suitable for use in many urban sites. The fine-textured, soft, needle-like foliage emerges pale green in spring, turns to rich bright green for summer, and becomes a glowing orange in late autumn before falling. As the foliage is very fine, it is easily swept-up and is not as hazardous as large-leafed deciduous trees. As with all conifers, there are no flowers; with Taxodium, the cones are insignificant.

When young, it has an erect habit, but will become spreading to approximately 6m when mature. It grows quickly, with up to 1000mm growth per season possible if irrigated weekly during dry periods.

Bald Cypress is trouble free in most landscape sites, although it can lose its leader during periods of drought. When this occurs, pruning a single leader and irrigating heavily will solve any growth problems.

Taxodium species have vigorous, mat-like root systems; we do not recommend planting in bitumen, as the roots will probably lift the paving. Successful planting of Bald Cypress will require 1m x 1m planting areas. Plantings of Taxodium in North America have indicated that this plant is tolerant of compacted-soil sites, as long as there is adequate irrigation.[/optinlocker]

Typical mature height 20m

Useful in: parks, broad avenues

Sites for best growth: moist soils, complete pH range