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.
|Common Name||Bald Cypress|
|Latin Name||Taxodium distichum|
|Color of Leaf||Light green, russet red and drops in the fall|
|Shape of Leaf||Needlelike|
|Color of Flower||Green|
|Shape of Flower||
Male Flower—Drooping clusters at ends.
Female Flower—Globe- shaped at ends.
|Bark Characteristics||Long loose shreddy ridges|
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.