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Scientific Name: Taxodium distichum
Pronunciation: tacks-OH-dee-um dye-STICK-um
Common Name: bald cypress, pond cypress, swamp cypress
Family Name: Cupressaceae
Plant Type: Conifer, Tree - deciduous
Key ID Features: Deciduous tree; bark red-brown, fibrous, exfoliating; leaves alternate, sessile, most 6-15 mm long, may resemble a feathery pinnately compound leaf; female cones green, spherical. Winter ID: buds very small, rounded; roots poke out above water surface like knees.
Course(s): HORT 2355

Habit: Upright
Form: Columnar, Pyramidal - narrowly
Texture: Fine
Mature Size:
Height:22 - 30m
Spread:5 - 7m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Bog, Well-drained
Water Use: Wetlands
Landscape Uses: Shade tree, Specimen plant, Waterside planting, Wetland - bogs
Additional Info: Google. Some image are of pond cypress (narrowly conical with leaves not in 2 ranks and mostly ascending vertically). Cultivars shown or on campus may include T. 'Cascade Falls', T. 'Peve Minaret', T. Shawnee Brave.
bald cypress, pond cypress, swamp cypress
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Needle-like, Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Colour in Fall: Bronze
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Acute
Bases: Truncate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: n/a (male cone)
Flower Morphology:Monoecious plant
Colour (petals): No flowers, Brown
Flower Time at Peak: Mar, Apr

Fruit Type: Cone (winged seeds)
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time: Oct, Nov

Bark Morphology: Lightly fissured
Bark or Stem Colour: Tan, Brown
Organ Modifications: Storage tap root, pneumatophores

Propagation: Seed, Grafting
Plant Care:
Maintenance:Low maintenance plant
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Deer resistant
(BCE) Boulevard (Circular) Eastend : cv.Shawnee Brave
(BCW) Boulevard (Circular) Westend : cvs. Shawnee Brave & Peve Minaret
(PDE) PonD East : cv. Cascade Falls
(TFL) Turf Field Lab
(TFLN) Turf Field Lab North : along fence behind hawthorns
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