Taxodium distichum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Bald Cypress


Plant Specifics

Size:50 - 75 ft tall by 30-45 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Very long-lived possibly exceeding 1000 yrs (Nelson 2003).
Habitats:Riverine swamps, large swamps around lakes. Inundated areas associated with some form of flowing water. Floodplains, sloughs, strands. May be associated with a longer fire return interval than T. ascendens.


Recommended Uses:Can be used as a specimen tree, planted in floodplain areas, or planted in relatively moist uplands. Large rain gardens and bioswales. Tolerant of root disturbance, so a candidate for use as a street/parking lot tree.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Pond, lake, or stream bottom, Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand



Attracts seed-eating birds. Valuable as roosting and nesting areas for colonial wading birds. 

Larval host for baldcypress sphinx (Isoparce cupressi) moth.