Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Deciduous Tree
Plant Family: Taxodiaceae
Plant Description: Tall conical cone bearing tree growing more broad with age. Although this conifer appears to be evergreen during the summer, it loses its needles in the late fall and winter making it deciduous. Can be found growing naturally in swampy areas but tolerates less water and somewhat dry conditions. Prefers acidic soil and should not be planted in soils with a pH higher than 7.5. Attractive bright green needles are quite flat and turn a bronze brown in the fall before falling off the tree. The base of the trunk is quite broad, even in youth and may form knobby "knees" in especially wet areas.
Plant Care: Prune regularly to promote health, provide air circulation, maintain a desirable shape, and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning is best done in late winter to early spring for most trees. With spring blooming trees, prune after the blooms are spent. Choose species that are resistant to pest damage. Monitor the tree for pests, diseases or other ailments on a regular basis. Protect the trunk especially where maintenance activities, such as mowing, may cause damage. Newly planted trees in areas with high exposure should have the trunk protected during the winter.

Plant Attributes:

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 9
Mature Size: 50-70' tall x 20-45' wide
Utah Native: No
Plant Select: No
Salt Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: Unknown
Pollinator Friendly: No
Localscapes: Tree, Perimeter Plant
Foliage Interest: Yes
Foliage Color: Green, Light Green

Plant Needs:

Light Requirement: Sun
Irrigation Requirement:     High

Garden Location:

  • Maintenance Path
    • Rain Gardening
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter