The ‘Mickelson’ is a cultivar of the Bald Cypress, and has a narrower shape and denser foliage than the native species.
|Latin Name||Taxodium distichum ‘Mickelson’|
|Color of Leaf||Leaves turn russet-red during fall|
|Shape of Leaf||Soft-feathery needles|
|Color of Flower||Inconspicuous|
|Shape of Flower||Male and female differ|
|Fruit Characteristics||Small, round cones|
|Bark Characteristics||Attractive, fibrous, red-brownish bark|
The Bald Cypress is the state tree of Louisiana. Despite its resemblance to a needled evergreen tree in the summer, it is actually deciduous. Although it’s a familiar sight around swampy areas in the Deep South, the tree is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions and does well even in drier, upland soils. It can be natively found in low-lying wetland areas throughout the lower Mississippi River Valley – including as far north as the southeastern corner of Missouri.