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. In submerged or wet soils, Bald Cypresses will grow “knees” called pneumatophores — specialized roots that allow waterlogged roots below to receive air.
The ‘Mickelson’ is a cultivar of the Bald Cypress, and has a narrower shape and denser foliage than the native species.
More information on the Bald Cypresses in our Arboretum here!
|Common Names||Bald Cypress, Swamp Cypress, |
White Cypress, Red Cypress,
|Latin Name||Taxodium distichum|
|Commercial Name||SHAWNEE BRAVE|