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Plant Details

Taxodium ascendens [Split from Taxodium distichum]

Pond Cypress

Scientific Name:

Taxodium ascendens [Split from Taxodium distichum]

Common Name:

Pond Cypress

Plant Family

Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Tree

Size in Feet:

100

Bloom Time:

March - April

Bloom Area:

Coast

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.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

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
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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