Baldcypress Taxodium distichum
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The baldcypress is the classic tree of southern swamps. To the surprise of many, it also does quite well when planted in the right soil in yards or along streets and is a beautiful specimen tree. It has been grown successfully in cities as far north as Milwaukee and on dry Texas hills.
- Provides majestic orange-red fall color
- Adapts to both wet and dry conditions
- Makes a great urban tree
- Is classified as a deciduous conifer, meaning it will lose its needles in the fall
- Will be delivered at a height of 2'–3'
Your Tree’s Personality
Baldcypress form characteristic groves in swampy areas that support complex and variable ecosystems and are used by many wildlife species.
Baldcypress trees are native from Maryland along the eastern coast to Texas and as far west as the Mississippi valley. The first scientific reference to the species was made in 1640. The origin of the common name, however, seems to have been lost to time. No one is sure why it is called “bald” (though many guesses have been made).
This tree has inspired much poetry and prose over the centuries due to its melancholy and mysterious appearance. Longfellow refers to its "towering and tenebrous boughs" that "waved like banners that hang on the walls of ancient cathedrals" in his 1847 poem, Evangeline. Naturalist John Muir in his book Thousand-Mile Walk refers to "the dark, mysterious cypress woods which cover everything" and states that "night is coming on and I am filled with indescribable loneliness."
It is the state tree of Louisiana.
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