Taxodium distichum

Bald Cypress

A large ornamental tree that excels with full sun and moist soils, the Bald Cypress is a pyramidal conifer that looks like a needled evergreen but is actually deciduous. With diligent pruning, it can make an attractive hedge in a variety of growing environments. The tree is native to the swamps, bayous and rivers of the south, though it is found in coastal areas from Texas up to Maryland and throughout the lower Mississippi River valley. It has feathery, light green foliage which turns an attractive copper in the autumn. The oldest Bald Cypress, found in North Carolina, is over 1,600 years old and is considered one of the oldest living plants in North America.


Deer Resistance: YES
Sunset Heat Zones: 2 - 10 and 12 - 24
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 10
Watering Requirements: Weekly, or possibly more often in containers or extreme heat
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Size: Up to 12’ height and 12’ width
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Drought Tolerance: Yes
Pest/Disease Issues: No serious insect or disease problems. Chlorosis can occur in alkaline soils. Bagworms, gall mites, spider mites, and twig blight are all possible pests.