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Taxodium distichum

Bald Cypress, Baldcypress, Swamp Cypress

Scientific Name:

Taxodium distichum

Genus:

Taxodium

Species Epithet:

distichum

Common Name:

Bald Cypress, Baldcypress, Swamp Cypress

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

72-100 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet, Aquatic

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Brownwater and blackwater swamps, usually in riverine situations. Common in NC Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Natural habitat is swamps and other wetlands with still water, but can be grown in drier, more upland areas. Cultivars available.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/taxodium-distichum/

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=TADI2



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