Botanical Name: Taxodium distichum Add
Common Name: Bald Cypress  
Plant photo of: Taxodium distichum
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

100' and up


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Light Green, Yellow Green, Red


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Medium


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Seascape, Water Garden, Wetlands, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park, Roadside, Street Tree


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Laura Van Leuven
Photographer: Richard Devine
  • Description

  • Notes

A beautiful, fast-growing tree, this Taxodium has a pyramidal form and produces lacy, almost fern-like foliage. The foliage appears light green, and has a needle-like texture although it appears almost feather-like along small branches. Its foliage turns a golden to rusty brown color in the fall and is contrasted against bark that is a reddish-brown color on older specimens, which is finely divided into vertical strips. WIth maturation, the trunk becomes widely buttressed at the base.
This cypress grows in a wide variety of soil types, yet is intolerant of shade. It should be planted in an open aspect where all parts of the tree receive sun. It may drop its nedles during a long drought, but is seldom severely damaged.