Taxodium distichum var. imbricatum ‘Nutans’

pond cypress

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This selection of pond cypress is a froth of feathery, bright green foliage arranged around an arrow-straight trunk. This unusual deciduous conifer has a slender, delicate habit that adds an air of grace to the garden. The side branches arch downward from the trunk and hold the slim, stringy, green shoots upright in orderly rows. Taxodium distichum var. imbricatum 'Nutans' is quite adaptable, at home in shallow, standing water or ordinary garden soil. It is relatively slow growing and makes an interesting conversation piece in a large container. Pond cypresses turn golden-yellow in the fall.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: columnar conifer

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 10

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, red, orange, gold

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Although the name pond cypress suggests it requires a home with plenty of water, it grows perfectly well in average garden soil with occasional summer watering. Plant it in full sun for the best growth, but it also tolerates part shade. There are no major insect or disease problems, and this interesting tree is easy to grow. Because the branches can become quite dense, occasional thinning of weak twiggy growth and dead wood will help keep this tree looking its best.