Bald Cypress

Arbor walk #16, Treekeeper ID #1427

This tree is native to wetlands and swamps in the midwest but is adaptable to urban conditions. Its needlelike foliage turns russet red and drops in the fall.

The Bald Cypress most often grows in swamps and wetlands. These trees are very slow growing, and can live for thousands of years. Often a population of Bald Cypress will be found in what is known as a “Cypress Dome.” This refers to the structure of the taller trees growing in the deepest water, as the smaller ones grow along the edges. This dome like structure creates a hole filled with water in the center, and is important for aquatic wildlife, as it may hold water year round.

Common NameBald Cypress
Latin NameTaxodium distichum
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How to identify Bald Cypress

Relationship of Taxodium distichum to other species in the Arboretum

Global Distribution of Bald Cypress

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