Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)

[ Trees > Conifers . . . ]      Forest Type: Baldcypress Swamp


Growing in southeastern swamps; needles soft, short, in 2 rows, falling in fall; "knees" created by roots of mature trees.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Sometimes in pure stands but usually mixed with other swamp species in baldcypress swamps.

Stature: 100-120 feet high; to 5 feet in diameter; pyramid-shaped when young, irregular or flattened at maturity; mature trees developing distinctive, half-submerged "knees" (see illustration).

Needles: Less than 1 inch long; yellow-green; in two rows on the twig; browning and falling in fall.

Bark: Variable in texture and thickness; reddish brown to dark gray.

Cones: Under 1 inch; brown; scales wrinkled.

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Taxodium distichum

Taxodium distichum

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