Taxodium distichum

Scientific name: Taxodium distichum


Common names: “Common bald cypress” “Swamp cypress” “deciduous cypress” “sabino tree” “southern cypress” “white cypress”

Plant Type: Deciduous conifer tree


Zone: 4-9

Light: Full sun – part shade

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Acidic – average

Moisture: Moist, handles poor drainage and wet conditions


Plant Size: H 36-60’+ W 12-24′

Leaf and Stem shape: Spiraling alternate leaf arrangement, leaves turn red-brown and drop in winter

Flower: Small ovoid conesImage result for taxodium distichum

Pruning: Minimal – none, don’t cut out dead wood unless you’re sure it’s dead,

Maintenance: Low, regular water

Landscape use: Specimen tree, swamp or bog garden,

Propagate: By seed

Pests & Disease: None if grown in proper conditions, deer might nibble

Comments: Native to the swamps of South Eastern USA, Louisiana state tree

Cultivars: Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium – “Pond cypress” – will hybridize with T. d. in the wild

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2 thoughts on “Taxodium distichum

  1. Hello,

    Can I use the last photo with credits for a scientific publication on foundation species in subtropical wetlands for a special issue of the Journal Water? “Why do we need to document and conserve foundation species in oligotrophic wetlands?”

    Could you please let me know where the photo was taken and by whom to complete the credit in the figure caption? “Bald cypress trees (Source:”

    Please let me know.

    Kind regards

    Luca Marazzi (

    Dr. Luca Marazzi
    Postdoctoral Associate
    Gaiser Lab – Southeast Environmental Research Center
    Florida International University
    Room OE 147A, 11200 SW 8th Street
    Miami, Florida 33199
    Phone: 305 348-1592


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