Bald Cypress Tree

Native to the United States & Beautiful Fall Foliage

The classic sight of the Bald Cypress Tree in Southern waterways is more versatile than 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 is their “knees”. These are knobby segments of the bald cypress root system 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 with and Gulf coast, and coastal plains.

Bald Cypress leaves have soft, feather-like foliage that 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. You’ll also find that they produce bald cypress fruit that is a small wrinkled ball looking “fruit” on the tree. This fruit is actually bald cypress tree nuts.

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 stays green in summer until it produces fall color for everyone to see! The needles are arranged in flat and alternate directions.

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 Zones

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.

Buy the Bald Cypress trees for sale. It is an excellent shade tree! For more trees to plant this year visit our Top 3 Trees to Plant for Earth Day Blog.

Botanical Name

Taxodium Distichum

Sunlight Full Sun
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 50-70 ft
Mature Width 25 ft
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Shade Tree
  • Long-lived
  • Rot resistant
  • Traps pollutants

Shipping Info

Once your Bald Cypress Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Jennifer Peterson (verified owner)

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    Tree arrived dead.

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      Hi Jennifer, I am sorry to hear your Bald Cypress tree arrived in less than ideal condition. Please send us an email to and we will take care of you.

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