Taxodium distichum



Taxodium distichum, common names bald cypress or swamp cypress, is a deciduous conifer in the family Cupressaceae. It is native to the southeastern United States. Hardy and tough, this tree adapts to a wide range of soil types. It typically grows to heights of 10–40 m and has a trunk diameter of 0.9–1.8 m. The main trunk is often surrounded by cypress knees. The bark
is grayish brown to reddish brown, thin, and fibrous with a stringy texture; it has a vertically interwoven pattern of shallow ridges and narrow furrows. The needle-like leaves are 1.3 to 1.9 cm long and are simple, alternate, green, and linear, with entire margins. In autumn, the leaves turn yellow or copper red. The bald cypress drops its needles each winter and then grows a new set in spring. This species is monoecious, with male and female flowers on a single plant forming on slender, tassel-like structures near the edge of branchlets. The tree flowers in
spring and the seeds ripen in autumn. The male and female cones are produced from buds formed in late autumn, with pollination in early winter, and mature in about 12 months. Male cones emerge on panicles that are 10–13 cm long. Female cones are round, resinous and green while young. They then turn hard and then brown as the tree matures. They are globular and 2.0–3.5 cm in diameter. They have from 20 to 30 spirally arranged, four-sided
scales, each bearing one, two, or rarely three triangular seeds. Each cone contains 20 to 40 large seeds. The cones disintegrate at maturity to release the seeds. The seeds are 5–10 mm long, the largest of any species of Cupressaceae, and are produced every year, with heavy crops every 3–5 years. The seedlings have three to nine, but usually six, cotyledons each.

145.00 Location C5 Latitude; -38.402270000000 Longitude; 146.052951000000 Planted in 1984

145.01 Location C5 Latitude; -38.402248150000 Longitude; 146.052757800000

145.02 Location C5 Latitude; -38.402236460000 Longitude; 146.052676440000

SKU: 145 TAG: Coniferous

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