The classic sight of the Bald Cypress Tree in Southern waterways is more versatile that you might think!
Native to swampy areas, you can find this Cypress along slow-moving creeks, streams and rivers. A key feature of these Bald Cypress trees are their “knees”. These are knobby segments of the roots which protrude above the water to provide oxygen and stability to the tree in these wet conditions.
These trees grow naturally across the southern United States and have been seen in the drainage basin of the Mississippi Valley, along and Gulf coast, and coastal plains.
Their soft, feather-like foliage is bright green and their shaggy bark is a greyish brown. A deciduous conifer, this tree’s foliage will become cinnamon and fiery reddish brown in the fall and eventually shed. Thus giving these trees their bald name.
Although they are extremely long-lived (commonly 600 years) and tower around 120 feet tall at full maturity, these trees are very slow growing. The Bald Cypress Trees have a pyramid shape in their youth and because of this slow-growing nature, they thrive in this stage for many, many years. The bald cypress growth rate is up to 1-2 feet per year.
Bald Cypress Care
The Bald Cypress is also able to tolerate dry, full sun weather however and can be ornamental in a variety of landscapes. The needle like leaves stay green in summer until it produces fall color for everyone to see! The needles are arranged in flat and alternate direction.
The bald cypress knees protrude around the trunk diameter if planted in wet soils or where soil moisture is high. Gives the reminder of cypress groves in many southern waterways where they natively live.
Bald cypress taxodium distichum tree grows best across the southeastern United States in USDA plant hardiness zones 4-10. It has been named the state tree of Louisiana. The South has been named the true home of bald cypress. In the swamps of North Carolina you can find forests of them that are over 1000 years old.
Water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. These trees are not shipped bare root.
Shop the Bald Cypress tree for sale. It is an excellent shade tree!
- Shade Tree
- Rot resistant
- Traps pollutants