Taxodium ascendens

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Pond Cypress


Plant Specifics

Size:50 - 85 ft tall by 15-30 ft wide.  Depending on nutrients and water regime, this can be a small tree or tree-like shrub or it can be a large tree.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:Fall color, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree. Mass plantings in moist areas. Wetland restoration and enhancement.
Considerations:May produce knees (roots that poke up above ground level) even if grown in uplands. This species is less prone to knees than bald cypress(T. distchum).
Propagation:Cones. Needs good moisture (but not flooding) to sprout. Can be transplanted into moist uplands with expectation of success.
Availability:Native nurseries, Quality nurseries, Seed, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Seeds are used by some mammals and seed-eating birds.

Native Habitats:Usually found in smaller wetlands that historically burned. Restricted to areas that dry out periodically (for reproduction) and naturally found in areas that flood (for seed dispersal).

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This is a deciduous conifer.