Taxodium - - Semi-mature and mature Taxodium distichum

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Taxodium distichum - Swamp Cypress, Bald Cypress

 

Family:

Taxodiaceae

Origins:

Southern USA, common in wet swampy areas.

Plant Type:

Deciduous tree, conifer.

Size:

30 to 50m tall, width varies depending on the amount of sun.

Habit/ Form:

Conical aging to a rounded crown, will produce pneumatophores (breathing roots up to 600 mm tall and 300mm in diameter) in damp or saturated soil conditions.

Leaves:

Opposite, linear to 18mm long, flattened feather-like arrangement (pectinate) on short, alternate, deciduous branchlets, pale green turning reddish brown in autumn.

Flowers:

Male catkins in tassel-like bunches 150mm long, purplish in spring.

Fruit:

Globular 25mm cones, purplish aging to brown, scattered on the ends of the branchlets on the preceding years wood.

Bark / Trunk:

A tapering trunk with a broad base and buttress roots, with fibrous rich grey / brown bark.

Vigour / Longevity:

Very vigorous especially near water, long lived.

Environmental Requirements:

Sunny positions with wind protection the wood of this species is brittle, but the trees recover well.

Hardiness:

Very tolerant of waterlogged and swampy soils, can tolerate short periods of drought if well established.

Soil / Drainage:

Very adaptable, does well on average, moist, well drained soils, prefers deep moist acidic soils. Can tolerate periodically wet soils and waterlogged soils.

Pruning:

Train to a single trunk, then only the usual maintenance pruning.

Watering:

Best foliage and vigour on reliably moist soils, can tolerate short periods of drought if well established, best if watered in dry weather. Try to choose a planting site near permanent water.

Fertilising:

Apply complete fertilisers in late winter till established.

Pests / Diseases:

Leaf burn in hot dry positions.

Uses:

Shade tree, wind break, avenues, deciduous screen and as a water feature plant (on the bank or in the water).

 

 

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