Bald Cypress Tree - Size Shipped is 1-3 Feet In Height
Though unusual and oddly shaped, there is still something utterly majestic and eye catching about the bald cypress. A conifer and member of the redwood family, bald cypresses closely resemble evergreens and hemlock trees in appearance. However, unlike both the bald cypress is in fact deciduous. It starts to lose its leaves in early fall, hence the name bald cypress. The needle shaped leaves turn a burnt orange color before falling off.
Perhaps the most notable thing about the bald cypress is the shape of its trunk. Once it matures it develops a wide spreading base and roots that grow above ground that look like knobby "knees." The knees occur more so when the tree is in wet soil conditions.
The bald cypress is most commonly found in swampy areas in the southeastern states, although it has been found as far north as Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and as far west as Texas. It known to be water resistant and can inhabit areas much too wet for other tree species. Because of this it has been given the common nickname "swamp cypress." They are more than capable of growing on dry land as well.
The tree can grow to heights of roughly 100 feet once fully matured. At this point the tree will no longer possess the reddish brown bark it is known for. The bark will instead be a smoky gray color.
The tree has been referred to as an urban tree on many different occasions. Due to several southern city's strong affinity for it it is commonly used as a street tree. Many landscaping professionals have dubbed it the urban tree of the year and recommend that homeowners consider planting them. They make a great screen when planted no closer than 20 feet to the house.
Common Name/ Latin Name- Taxodium Distichum, Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Mature Height - 50-90 Feet Mature Width- 25 Feet Sun or Shade - Full Sun
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