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March 11, 2016 - <cregg@msu.edu>

Taxodium distichum

  • Height: 55’
  • Spread: 35’
  • Site characteristics: Variety of soils; sand to clays to muck and peat as long as moisture is adequate
  • Zone: 5a - 9a
  • Wet/dry: Tolerates wet soils, intermittent flooding and moderate drought once established
  • Native range: Southeast United States Salt: Moderate tolerance
  • pH: 5.0 - 7.4
  • Ornamental characteristics: Feather-like foliage with copper fall color.
  • Shape: Columnar when young; wide spreading, open with age.
  • Other: Late to leaf out Cultivars: ‘Shawnee Brave’ – narrower, reportedly tolerates high pH soils, Zone 5b
  • Additional: Transplant in spring, slow to recover from transplanting
  • Pests: Generally free of problems

Taxodium distichum Taxodium distichum
Photos: Bert Cregg, MSU 

Taxodium distichum "Pendens"
Photo: Jesse Saylor, MSU

Baldcypress range
Map indicates species’ native range. Source: U.S. Geological Survey.

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