United States Edition

Bald Cypress     

Taxodium distichum

Bald Cypress is part of the Taxodium genus. Its scientific name is Taxodium distichum.

Tall deciduous conifer that turns foxy red in the autumn. before loosing its leaves and smallest branches. Late to leaf in the summer to a bright green yew like foliage. When grown in waterlogged conditions it will grow special roots, called pneumatophores, that show above the soil or water. It does not need standing water to grow and is also happy on damp ground or even dry sands
The bark is orange and stringy often spiraling up the trunk.
Often dioecious

When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Otter brown and   Saddle brown. Leaves appear approximately as a   Forest green (traditional) and   Brown colour. It is a non-edible conifer and is treated mainly as a deciduous, so it sheds its leaves annually. Normally grows with a tree habit.

United States is believed to be where Bald Cypress originates from.

Bald Cypress is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

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How to grow Bald Cypress

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Remember to water Bald Cypress very often. Use Zone 4 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Bald Cypress is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Bald Cypress to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Bald Cypress from seed

Two weeks at room temperature, followed by 30 days in the fridge at 4C then germinated about two to three weeks later

Transplanting Bald Cypress

It does not need to grow in water and is happy in damp conditions

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Bald Cypress is a hardy plant.

Common Bald Cypress problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Bald Cypress plants:

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Bald Cypress Etymology

‘Bald’ as it is deciduous

Other names for Bald Cypress

Swamp Cypress

Bald Cypress care instructions

How long does Bald Cypress take to grow?

These estimates for how long Bald Cypress takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!


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