Common Name/ Latin Name- Taxodium Distichum, Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Mature Height - 50-90 Feet Mature Width- 25 Feet Sun or Shade - Full Sun
The Adaptable Bald Cypress - Size Shipped is 1-3 Feet in Height
The Bald Cypress is a tree native to our states' eastern coast spanning to the Mississippi Valley. Although commonly seen in swamp areas, it can grow just as well in Minnesota as it does in Texas. You'll know this tree by sight in extremely wet conditions from the "knees" it grows from its roots. It's still a scientific quandary why this is, but it's nothing to worry about. Other characteristics include short, paired needles with thin branches and 1 inch cones that house seeds that are popular among various wildlife. A marker of beauty with this tree is the changing colors of the seasons: from yellows and greens in the spring, green in the summer and gorgeous red-oranges and browns in the autumn. The Bald Cypress is a fantastic shade tree. Without taking up too much space, trunk diameters of the Bald Cypress commonly are found to be in the 2-3 feet range. In terms of growing speeds, 13-24 inches a year is about average. Saturated with sun filled conditions of no less than 6 hours of direct sunlight and after planting, fertilizing annually in early spring or late winter for the first few years should maximize growth. 8-8-8 or 13-13-13 balanced fertilizer will do the trick. The maintenance becomes even less after the first 5 years with fertilization every 2-3 years. This specimen is one of the more adaptable species of deciduous conifers, able to withstand dry to flood like conditions and can adapt to various soil conditions. Extremely handsome, low maintenance, attractive to wildlife, strong shade, ever changing foliage and adaptable to various environments makes this a tree worth the growing.