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Taxodium Species, Bald Cypress, Gulf Cypress, Southern Cypress, Swamp Cypress Taxodium distichum

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On Could 17, 2020, Rests from Bryan, TX wrote:

I’ve tried this tree twice with none luck. Nevertheless, that was earlier than I bought my irrigation system. I’m going to strive it another time. The park near me, and the procuring near me have a number of of the bald cypress. All of their timber look phenomenal. Each are watered frequently with irrigation. The bald cypress and the southern stay oak cannot be beat for his or her magnificence. I gave it optimistic, as a result of I really like this tree!

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On Sep 2, 2019, RandyAllen from White Home, TN wrote:

Nice species that I’ve been finding out since 1967. I planted my first in 1973, in Nashville TN, the place it grew quick and can be approx 90 toes tall by now, however a successive landowner reduce it as a result of it was close to the house. I’ve many now, planted in ponds and close to ponds, at my Stage Four Arboretum referred to as White Home Arboretum in Tennessee.
I lately found an enormous one on an outdated nation highway in Kentucky referred to as Clare New Roe Street 2 miles north of the KY-TN line. The Dept of Forestry mentioned it’s the largest “planted” one they’ve ever seen. In response to neighbors it was introduced up from Georgia by early pioneers in early 1800s. Planted on wealthy non-flooding lowland, it by no means developed a swollen base or buttress or knees. I’ll connect pix. 6’dbh x 100’. Randy Allen of White … learn extra

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On Mar 24, 2018, Chaz111 from Rockford, IL wrote:

We’ve Bald Cypress rising on this space/Rockford Il, planted by the park district …. I’m excited to plant my seven timber in some wetlands and it is good to know this outdated tree from the deep south can even do nicely in north Illinois, in lots of soil sorts and doesn’t need to all the time need to have it is roots in water, as in a swamp… I’ll have my timber in tree protectors until they develop out of them.

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On Aug 14, 2017, ianspace from Lansdale, PA wrote:

i like bald cypress is my favourite tree we now have some rising round right here my favourite factor about them that thy have knees

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On Feb 4, 2016, Suzannadennis from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

I come from Redwood and Sequoia nation, so Bald Cyprus are certainly one of my favourite timber within the mid-Atlantic. Sadly I’m one of some individuals who is HORRIBLY allergic to them. Yearly early February by March when they’re blooming round Washington, DC I’m depressing. I discovered an article with extra info: http://www.phadia.com/en/Merchandise/Allergy-testing-products/I…

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On Jan 4, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A lovely, hardy, adaptable tree that deserves to be planted extra typically right here within the north.

It’s usually very late to leaf out within the spring right here, typically not until late June, and it begins to lose its leaves in late August.

Requires acid soil, very susceptible to chlorosis on excessive pH soils.

As has been famous under, the knees are enticing and fascinating however make mowing tough. They do not kind below regular panorama circumstances. They solely kind the place the soil is steadily saturated, as the place it is boggy and subsequent to water.

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On Mar 4, 2014, Timberplot from Blairsville, PA wrote:

I selected the Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) to re-forest a horse pasture on my farm in 1999. I randomly planted 300 seedlings from 6″ to 12″ tall, roughly 8′ to 10′ aside with the considered a possible timber plot for somebody in one other time. The topography was an almost stage floodplain terrace transitioning right into a wetland with deep silt loam to clayey soils. An 18″ part of 4″ drain pipe was positioned round each seedling to forestall voles and rabbits from chewing them the primary 6 years. The timber have grown very nicely thus far with knees protruding all through the plot. The timber now exceed 20′ in peak with a 6″ to 14″ DBH. The canopies are starting to shut and I’ve began de-limbing the trunks up the principle bole to ~ 10′ in peak. This has created a park-like setting with very litt… learn extra

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On Feb 10, 2013, Carolsflowers from Brunswick, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

I’ve 2 of those & like them very a lot. They appear sleek & ethereal. Mine are 20 years outdated. A phrase of warning – about age 10 & since they do shed many small branches all yr lengthy. Whereas quite a lot of people like the autumn coloration, I discover the darkish rust of mine unattractive. To me it appears to be like just like the leaves have died & held on for a time period. When the leaves do fall, they don’t have the ‘smother’ issue of the massive leafed timber.

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On Apr 3, 2012, Gardeningman from Kingman, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:

The Taxodium distichum is a superb and sleek tree. My neighbor planted three Bald Cypress timber 30 years in the past. They’re every roughly 70+ toes tall with a 30 foot unfold and a couple of’ diameter trunks. They’re nearly illness and bug resistant. Their leaves don’t blow round after they drop within the fall. In addition they have very sturdy branches that resist wind and ice injury. They’re additionally surprisingly very drought tolerant. SC Kansas went by the most well liked and driest summer season on file throughout 2011, however the bald cypress timber had been the least affected vegetation. Lastly, they appear to do higher in alkaline soil than generally reported. SC Kansas is meant to have alkaline soil, however they nonetheless thrive round right here.
The one disadvantage is the seeds. As soon as the seeds break aside from… learn extra

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On Feb 20, 2012, VAsouthern from Starkville, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

The bald cypress tree is a local tree right here in Suffolk, VA. I’ve a complete forest of them rising within the swamp behind my home combined with some water tupelo timber. They’re very stunning, and might get very tall. I’ve a couple of which might be in all probability round 100+ ft. One has a base diameter of about 5 to six toes. The cypress “knees” are in every single place, and a many have grown Three toes above the water/floor. Just a few miles down the highway there’s a forest of those timber lined in spanish moss, and so they look nice with spanish moss. One other plus for this tree is that if the highest breaks off throughout a storm or hurricane, they normally proceed to develop from the trunk giving it a singular and fascinating look. I’ve one which was struck by lightning, and the highest actually bought blasted off into tons of of items… learn extra

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On Apr 29, 2011, delbertyoung56m from Medina, NY wrote:

Planted a Bald Cypress in my yard about three years in the past, and it has survived the cruel winters. Rabbits or some animal appears to rub and eat the bark at floor stage. Beautiful tree, planted in a low space with numerous water.

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On Sep 7, 2010, suentommy from Souderton, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Bald Cypress is a superb tree to plant particularly if you want a tall tree that’s not too broad. It has stunning gentle inexperienced foliage and earlier than it drops its needles they flip a fantastic rust pink. The timber don’t appear to thoughts lengthy summer season droughts (often they may flip barely yellow or brown if the drought is simply too lengthy) and, since they’re swamp vegetation, don’t appeared to be phased within the water logged soils of late winter and early spring. Certainly one of my timber is in a very moist web site throughout winter and spring and has developed small knees. The one downside with that’s that it makes it more durable to mow round. These are stunning timber and I agree with the one that acknowledged that in the event you ever make it to Philadelphia, go to Longwood Gardens. They’ve a few of their primary strolling … learn extra

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On Could 22, 2009, JoeCastleHayne from Fort Hayne, NC wrote:

My favourite native native, however…
As a reduction plant addict, I discovered the marginally brown and extremely discounted baldcypress at my native huge field retailer irresistible. Regardless of their semi -desiccated state, I purchased the final Three and put them within the floor final fall. Six months later, I’m studying about certainly one of my latest found foes, the baldcypress rust mite. .. These little guys are chargeable for the “reddening” (extra like browning) of the innermost needles of bald cypress that’s normally seen in the course of the mid to late summer season. The mites themselves are brown, fairly small and require magnification to view. Nevertheless their molted exoskeletons are obvious as small white flecks on the underside of the leaves. I’ve 2 timber which might be severely infested, already exhibiting yellowing of the ne… learn extra

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On Jan 13, 2009, Tom1alt from Garland, TX wrote:

I planted a 6 foot Bald Cypress over 20 years in the past and it’s now about 50 toes tall. I stay in an alkaline soil space (ph of Eight and the (non-rain) water is extra alkaline than that) and have had no issues in any respect (no iron deficiency, and so forth). I had bagworms barely one yr however that’s the solely downside I’ve had. The tree is attractive in the course of the rising season with that fern like folaige, a Christmas tree form, and a pleasant orange-brown coloration within the fall earlier than the leaves drop. I rake up the leaves and use them for mulching the opposite vegetation within the panorama, as a result of these leaves decompose themselves after a couple of months which is ideal as they disappear within the spring and add vitamins within the meantime. The one two negatives in regards to the tree are the foundation “knots” that break the floor from time t… learn extra

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On Dec 22, 2008, cdrbuz from La Vista, NE wrote:

We presently have two timber rising in our again yard in La Vista, NE. On Dec. 5, 2007 an ice storm bent these 15-foot timber nearly double. We let the ice soften, the timber straightened up, and so they grew all of 2008 as if nothing had occurred. Sub-zero chilly (-10º) would not appear to have an effect on them and 100º days in the summertime would not trouble them both. Extremely really helpful for the Omaha space.

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On Aug 18, 2007, BROforest from Brownsville, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

In Brownsville, TX we additionally plant Montezuma Bald Cypress which should not have the deciduous behavior and can’t stay north to San Antonio. The 2 photographs I added had been from a non-public protect/camp at Krause Springs, out of Spicewood, TX. As Wingnut mentioned right here in 2004, these timber are confirmed at over 600 years outdated and a few passing consultants have guessed them to be extra like 1500 years outdated. I measured one at over 12′ diameter and the cover lined 75′-100′ diameter. The heights are additionally in all probability 100’+ These timber are in desparate want of getting wooden mulch positioned between the trunks and drip strains because the foot visitors is heavy and the bottom is attending to be like concrete. There are pure yr spherical crystal clear springs right here and 40 acres of preserved magnificence. You actually need to see this park t… learn extra

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On Apr 8, 2007, Treeguy from Charleston, SC wrote:

I’m beginning a nursery that’s rising uncommon timber from world wide, but I’m inclined to develop this beautiful stunning native tree. That is my favourite native tree and for my part one of the crucial stunning, powerful, and adaptable tree in North America! This tree, together with the Pond Cypress, I’ll add to my listing of timber. The one uncommon tree that I can examine it to can be the Daybreak Redwood.

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On Jan 13, 2007, Sherlock221 from Lancaster, KY wrote:

It is a great tree and an fascinating addition to the panorama. They love water, however they will even develop in drier areas, though they may develop far more slowly. We stay within the bluegrass space in central Kentucky and planted a grouping of them on a sloping portion of our property. The timber on the backside of the hill the place the water runs to are about 4 occasions the dimensions of those on the high of the slope — and all are the identical age and planted on the identical time. They’re a stunning pyramid form with an fascinating pink bark. They’re particularly beautiful in early spring when the fern-like leaves are brilliant spring inexperienced. Summer time brings a distinct and exquisite shade of inexperienced, and dense foliage. Birds love them. Observe that they’re late to leaf out, at the least on this a part of the cou… learn extra

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On Dec 12, 2006, sube1984 from Camarillo, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

these are actual beauties. i’ve two, 1 for bonsai that i develop submerged in Four inches of water yr spherical and one other that i’m rising for panorama use. no issues with them in any respect. very hardy

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On Nov 18, 2006, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Bald Cypress can even been discovered on th College of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. I discovered at the least two vegetation. They’re small and reasonably stunted seemed vegetation however are unprotected and totally hardy.

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On Could 25, 2005, estiva from Grafton, WI wrote:

I really like this tree! Solely by analysis on the web did I notice that the Baldcypress will develop and thrive right down to zone 4. They’re all however extraordinary in se Wisconsin (5b) . I planted a 2.5 foot specimen close to my creek early final yr and now it’s about Four toes. I’m anxiously ready to see if the “knees” come out of the water. I’ve additionally planted a pair in a close-by park–soon folks will ask “how’d they get there?”

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On Apr 26, 2005, earthy13 from Roswell, GA wrote:

Great tree! I’ve planted two on my property. The primary one I put in over ten years in the past. Extraordinarily hardy as soon as established and problem free: it has withstood drought circumstances, extended wetness (overabundant ‘wet seasons’), excessive winds (remnants of hurricanes that got here up from Florida), and ice storms. Talking of ice storms, the final one we had took out our decorative plum tree so I changed the misplaced tree with a second bald cypress (dormant) a month and a half in the past. Because it has popped, new progress throughout; transplanted nicely and in a great spot.

Distinctive fall colour-russet/bronze. Native to Georgia however thrives nicely elsewhere: I’ve seen some mature timber in jap West Virginia. Nice city tree for tight areas or can “unfold out” if given the room to develop.

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On Nov 11, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A shocking tree that one is not going to quickly neglect. Whether or not it’s standing in swampy water ,or used as a suburban accent tree, the Baldcypress is adaptable and fairly completely happy in most circumstances.

It’s a relative of the large Redwood timber of California and it is wooden is utilized in building, railroad ties, fenceposts and shingles. The wooden is gentle, straight grained, sturdy and doesn’t warp simply.

Seeds are eaten by cranes and songbirds.

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On Oct 22, 2004, muirwoods from Malvern, PA wrote:

At Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania they’ve about 25 in a row and these timber get very very tall. They’re all approaching 100 toes every. Longwood for people who get near Philadelphia is a should see, the outdated Dupont Mansion with nearly each tree that may develop within the East in it is full mature measurement.

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On Jun 28, 2004, crimsontsavo from Crossville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I can’t consider a single dangerous remark for this tree! It’s definately certainly one of my favourites. When you have ever seen a swamp with a grove of Baldcypress looming within the mist-dripping with spanish moss, then you know the way haunting and memorable these timber are. The stumps are simply attractive when used for planters or animal habitats. Grinding them up is such a waste and must be unlawful!
Lately I aquired a couple of seedlings that I’m coaching now as a Bonsai Swamp Planting.
To anybody that has the power to get these trees- DO IT! Save the cypress! LOL
Simply, beautiful.

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On Jun 17, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

TerriFlorida made a superb level. The Cypress Domes do make great critter habitat. Sadly, folks maintain buying cypress mulch for his or her gardens, and so long as they do then there are those that will clear reduce these cypress domes and grind up these timber. Do not these gardeners take into consideration the place all this cypress mulch comes from? It has been mentioned that they’re a renewable useful resource. Dah! How lengthy does it take to resume a cypress dome, and the place do the critters go within the meantime?
Now I am going to get off my soapbox. Mom Nature 4

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On Jun 16, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

GORGEOUS tree! It appears to develop reasonably triangular formed till it is a couple of years outdated. This tree would not essentially want a LOT of water, simply common watering, however in fact will tolerate moist circumstances simply high quality. Solely produces the “knees” in moist circumstances.

I’ve a number of timber which have been estimated at tons of of years outdated, one specifically that’s presumably over 600 years somebody steered ~ I have not verified that but.

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On Could 15, 2004, rochha from Owings, MD wrote:

I grabbed a bunch of Baldcypress seeds on the bottom that develop in Annapolis within the Downtown Historic district, there are seven timber planted in a connecting alleyway to west road near its customer middle, I needed to plant some in my again yard which is flooded all the time, I can not do something with the land as a result of it’s protected by Important Space Legal guidelines, So I made a decision to create my very own Baldcypress grove, it would look so cool in 20 years. I’ve gotten like 31 Crops rising on the market now additionally I ordered 7 from Naturehills, and once I ran out of planters I simply threw the remainder of the seed within the moist areas now about 7 have simply sprouted on their very own, from all of the analysis I’ve performed on the web all of them mentioned it was exhausting to develop them from seeds, I simply put them in a dish of water for about 2 weeks… learn extra

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On Could 6, 2004, Dboz from Brookston, TX wrote:

I Have 2 Bald Cypress timber one is 2 years outdated and the opposite is three, this yr they’re going to each make nuts for the primary time. I planted them in black land in Brookston Texas and the are doing actually good. They appear to be rising actually quick, I’d advocate this tree to anybody who loves timber. (Plant Bushes all the time)

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On Apr 17, 2004, arrowood from Williamsburg, VA wrote:

The tree grows nicely in my yard. It was really helpful to me for the spot it’s in by an arborist. He uncared for to advise me about “knees,” nevertheless. They’re popping up throughout the bottom of the tree. Thankfully, they haven’t as but invaded the garden space surrounding the mulched mattress through which the tree is planted, however I am apprehensive that they may sooner or later. I mistakenly thought that “knees” had been solely discovered when the tree was standing in water. I now know higher!

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On Nov 24, 2003, treelover3 from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 5a) wrote:

I’ve had the Baldcypress (accurately spelled as one phrase) cultivar ‘Shawnee Courageous’ in my yard for two years with none issues. The winter of 2002/2003 was powerful on woody vegetation and this tree did not blink.

There are Three giant (50′) Baldcypress timber (straight species) rising within the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN). The timber had been planted within the late 50’s and early 60’s and have seen some very dangerous winters. Two of the timber are planted in a single yard and cones are being produced.

I collected seed this fall and have sown the seed giving numerous pretreatments first. One of many seeds has already germinated, so the seed is viable.

Cuttings and scion materials have been collected from the timber by the Minnesota Panorama Ar… learn extra

Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) seems to be a lot hardier than the Daybreak Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), which appears to be like very comparable.

You’ll be able to inform the 2 timber aside by their branches; Baldcypress has alternate branching and Daybreak Redwood has reverse branching.
Mike

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On Nov 19, 2003, suncatcheracres from Previous City, FL wrote:

I should not have a cypress tree rising by myself property, as I stay in a stay oak hammock in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, on virtually limestone bedrock. However there are various acres of those timber very shut by, rising naturally alongside each the Suwannee and the Steinhatchee Rivers. And there are a number of close by State and County parks which have lengthy, wood broadwalks the place folks can safely stroll by the swampy areas the place these timber thrive within the algae-rich, inexperienced water, with many cypress “knees” rising alongside the large timber.

This space of Florida was as soon as wealthy in cypress swamps, however unfortuntely for the tree, cypress wooden makes a fantastic, sturdy, and fairly waterproof lumber for constructing, and now even the smallest sliver is efficacious as long-lasting “cypress m… learn extra

My Grandparent’s small, unpainted cabin on a bayou in South Louisiana was constructed of hand sawn cypress, with cypress pegs as a substitute of nails, which might rust in that very damp local weather. The cabin was very outdated when my Grandparent’s lived there, and there was no electrical energy and an enormous, screened over, rainwater cistern out again. Within the late 1950’s, after my grandparent’s had died and the property was bought, my household lastly realized the outdated cabin’s historic worth and tried to get it placed on an historic registry, however the brand new homeowners tore it down and put up a concrete block duplex as a substitute. This cabin would in all probability nonetheless be standing now, half a century later, as cypress wooden could be very sturdy, even in our very moist coastal local weather.

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On Oct 9, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant Metropolis, FL wrote:

It’s humorous to me that the cypress mustn’t have extra optimistic feedback. It’s hardy and adaptable, it’s fascinating when younger and when outdated, and it’s straightforward to develop. When correctly positioned, it creates a fabulous backyard accent. I’d recommend that if in case you have one rising the place you do not need it, take away it and have the stump floor down in order that it has nothing to regrow from.

There are three very gnarly outdated ones out on the entrance of my 5 acres. The tallest one was hit by lightning lately. Darn! The younger one in my backyard (about 20′ tall now) is sensible inexperienced in spring, sturdy inexperienced all summer season, and orange in fall. Its bare kind in winter is strongly upright. I like these timber wherever I see them — there’s a cypress dome (swamp) not removed from right here, you see all of them o… learn extra

And, cypress could make incredible bonsai timber, too.

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On Oct 9, 2003, patp from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bald Cypress is certainly one of our favourite timber. It deserves a Optimistic score right here within the Lowcountry (coastal area) of South Carolina, the place it’s planted extensively by each owners {and professional} landscapers. We rejoice on the look of brilliant inexperienced leaves within the Spring and totally get pleasure from its presence year-round. Cypress wooden resists decay and is used for constructing fences, decks, and out of doors furnishings. I had thought the one technique of propagation was by seed in a moist medium.
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Remark added 6-17-04:
My husband mows over new knees or cuts them out with an ax in the event that they intrude with mowing, and it would not appear to have an effect on their progress or power.

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On Oct 8, 2003, acampbell from Rowland, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

It’s extremely stunning! However it is vitally exhausting to kill. There’s one rising up in the midst of the driveway which I reduce down periodically so the automobile can go over it. It grows proper again! I’ll quit and transfer the driveway. The ‘cones’ on mine are spherical, about half” to 1″ in diameter. It isn’t rising anyplace close to water so has not shaped the knees.

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On Jun 29, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

We’ve certainly one of these right here in Rio de Janeiro, within the margin of the lake within the botanical backyard, although it doesn´t lose its leaves in the course of the yr, and I by no means noticed its pines. I assume it solely tolerates such scorching local weather, and because it´s the one one I do know, I assume even that one is an exception.

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On Nov 4, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Bald Cypress does greatest in full solar however it would develop in full shade and in nearly any soil. It grows nicely in or close to water. It would additionally develop in well-drained places
This cypress grows to a most peak of about 100 toes however 50 toes is extra typical. It has a conical form as younger tree, however older ones are likely to turn out to be irregular
The Bald Cypress has Four to five inch cones, brownish silver in winter, greenish purple in spring. The foliage is alternate, tender and fern-like; emerald inexperienced in spring, rust coloured in fall

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