Taxodium distichum

bald cypress

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Outstanding Qualities

Bald cypress evokes the essence of the Deep South. Few would think that a tree from the swamps of the steamy southeastern United States would do so well in Pacific Northwest gardens. It is one of a handful of deciduous conifers; in autumn its needles turn rusty-gold before they fall. This reveals bald cypress's shaggy red-brown bark, which adds interest to the winter garden. In spring the new growth is bright green and this fresh colors lasts throughout summer. Its needles have a soft, feathery appearance and move gracefully with each breeze.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal conifer

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 60 ft. 0 in. (18.29 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 35 ft. 0 in. (10.67 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 10

Flower Color: none

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering and will grow well on wet sites, even standing water

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, red, orange, gold

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Plant in full sun and water regularly in average, well-drained soil. Bald cypress are very adaptable to different soil types including heavy clay and they do very well on wet sites including standing water.