Pond Cypress

Arbor walk #95

Native to the southeastern U.S., the Pond Cypress is a member of the Taxodens genus. It has deeply furrowed barks and slender needles that emerge from erect shoots. 

Name Pond Cypress
Latin Name Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium
Type Adaptable to region
Diameter 5” caliper
Color of Leaf Dark Green, Fall color is yellow to rust
Shape of Leaf Erect, slender, upon shoots
Color of Flower Green into Brown
Shape of Flower Cone
Fruit Characteristics Cone
Bark Characteristics Light brown, deeply furrowed
Foliage Type Deciduous

The Pond Cypress has a unique ecology. It is able to tolerate blackwater rivers, swamps, and ponds. The Pond Cypress can reach up to 70’ tall and 20’ wide. It is known for its incredible longevity, with some individuals being several thousands of years old. Part of the reason for this is due to their fire resistant, thick bark. Although not native to St Louis, the tree is adaptable to increasingly humid conditions. The Pond Cypress is also crucial for the ecosystem, as they provide areas for birds to lay their nests as well as hunting grounds for birds of prey.

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