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Taxodium distichum


Bald Cypress, Swamp Cypress




            Mike's Opinion

this is Mike

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An excellent but underused plant since it is not widely known and I suspect many think it not hardy since they see it growing in Florida; but so does our Red Maple (Acer rubrum). It has much to offer compared to some of the static evergreens: bark, texture and autumn colour.



Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)

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Family
Taxodiaceae
Genus
Taxodium
Species
distichum
Category
Woody
Type
Tree (deciduous)
Pronunciation
USDA Hardiness Zone
7b - 8a
Canadian Hardiness Zone
7
RHS Hardiness Zone
H5-H7
Temperature (°C)
-15 - (-9)
Temperature (°F)
5 - 15
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
June
General Description
Taxodium distichum is a large, broadly pyramidal plant with a rounded top and medium growth rate. It is a deciduous conifer with very fine, fern like leaves and rough brown bark, producing knees in wet areas.
Growth
Medium
Pests
None of note that I have encountered in Ontario gardens.
Bark/Stem Description
Pale beige to light brown with thin narrow plates that do not shed to the same degree as the similar-looking Dawn Redwood.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
On mature branches and twigs the buds are slender, pointed and prominent.
Leaf Description
Compound, 6 - 8 cm in length, with many narrow, fern-like leaflets.
Flower Description
Monoecious, staminate in dropping, 10 - 12 cm long panicles.
Colour Description
Rust brown in the autumn.
Texture Description
A finely textured plant.
Notable Specimens
The Gardens of Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Canada. A.M. Cuddy Gardens, Strathroy, Ontario, Canada. Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Whistling Gardens, Wilsonville, Ontario, Canada.
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