Scientific Name: Taxodium distichum
Common Name: bald cypress, pond cypress, swamp cypress
Family Name: Cupressaceae
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Conifer, Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: 22 - 30m x 5 - 7m (height x width)
Habit: Upright
Form: Columnar, Pyramidal - narrowly
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Shade tree, Specimen plant, Waterside planting, Wetland - bogs
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Bog, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Needle-like, Alternate, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: n/a (male cone), Brown, Mar-Apr
Fruit: Cone (winged seeds), Brown, Oct-Nov
Key ID Features:
Bark red-brown to grey, fibrous, exfoliating; roots poke out above water surface like knees; leaves 2-ranked, alternate sessile, pointed, needle-like, flat, linear, most 6-15mm long x 1-1.5mm wide (in pond cypress the leaves are tightly appressed to the branchlet and 3-10mm long); seed cones rounded, 1.5-3.5cm wide, at ends of previous year's twigs, each with 5-10 scales. Winter ID: buds rounded, 1-2mm wide, scale at each node 1-2mm long; fallen cones; root "knees" if planted next to pond. <a href ='' target='_blank'></a>