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Taxodium ascendens [Split from Taxodium distichum]

Pond Cypress

Scientific Name:

Taxodium ascendens [Split from Taxodium distichum]

Genus:

Taxodium

Species Epithet:

ascendens

Common Name:

Pond Cypress

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft., 3-6 ft., 6-12 ft., 12-36 ft., 36-72 ft., 72-100 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Brown

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Limesink ponds (dolines), clay-based Carolina bays, wet savannas, pocosins and other wet, peaty habitats, shores of natural blackwater lakes, swamps of blackwater streams. Common in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium - per Flora of North America
NC State Extension "Thread-like soft, bright green needles with blue gray bloom; held upright; bright orange fall color"

Tree with cones

Pond Cypress differs from Bald Cypress in having ascending twigs and leaves appressed to the twig or curving upward.

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Jack Spruill, June 2009, Little Alligator River, Tyrrell County

Seed cones

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Jack Spruill, June 2009, Little Alligator River, Tyrrell Co

Male and female cones

The female cones are large (2 cm), green and spherical; male cones are small (2 mm), brown and in slender, drooping panicles.

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Jack Spruill, June 2009, Tyrrell Co.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Flora of North America
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
NC State Extension


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