Taxodium distichum

(Photo by Walter Sablack)

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Taxonomy (1)

Classification: Gymnosperm
Family: Taxodiaceae
Common name: Baldcypress, Bald Cypress, Bald-Cypress, Cypress, Swamp Cypress

General Information (1)

Region of Origin: United States
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 4-9
Growth Habit: Tree

  • Size: 50-70 feet tall
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Cones: March-April

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (1)

  • Arrangement: Spiral
  • Shape: Linear-lanceolate
  • Other: 1/3-3/4 inch long

Stem/Bark (1)

  • Color: Reddish-brown
  • Texture: Fibrous

Pollen Cone (1)

  • Size: 4-5 inches

Seed Cone (1)

  • Shape: Globular or ovoid
  • Size: 1 inch
  • Color: Young- green to purple, Mature- brown

(Photo by Jessica Bartek)

Horticultural Information (1)

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil type: Fine, moist, sandy loams
  • pH: <6.8
  • Maintenance: Easy to care for
  • Landscape Uses: Shade or decoration


1) Dirr, M. (1990). Manual of woody landscape plants: Their identification, ornamental characteristics, culture, propagation and uses (4th ed.). Champaign, Ill.: Stipes Pub.

Prepared by Walter Sablack as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek