Photo Courtesy of JF Schmidt
Photo Courtesy of JF Schmidt

Common Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum

Also called Swamp Cypress

  • Deciduous conifer
  • Upright pyramidal with nearly horizontal branching
  • Soft feathery flat needles green in the summer
  • Foliage turns copper-red in the fall before defoliating
  • Heavily-tapered trunk with thin strips of vertically peeling bark
  • Tolerates moisture-retentive or submerged soil, once the tree is established


15-25 m

7-10 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

While taxodium have the appearance of evergreens, they shed their needles every fall.

A large ornamental tree for parks or large lawns. Good selection for growing in wet soils either in low spots or near water.

Note: Chlorosis often occurs in an alkaline soil.

Additional Notes about Common Bald Cypress:

The common bald cypress is native to southern American swamps, bayous and rivers. It is primarily found in coastal areas from Maryland to Texas and in the lower Mississippi River Valley.