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Baldcypress Trees

Baldcypress (Bald cypress) Leaf and fruit of baldcypress Bark of baldcypress
G. Lumis
Leaf of baldcypress
G. Lumis
Bark of baldcypress
G. Lumis

Scientific Name: Taxodium distichum

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 
Height: 70 ft
Spread: 25 ft
Form: pyramidal 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 

Baldcypress (Taxodium)

Baldcypress in a swamp
G. Lumis


Common Baldcypress looks like an evergreen, but is actually deciduous so drops its leaves in the fall. The growth habit is narrow while young but becomes broader as the plant ages. Common Bald Cypress is intolerant of shade when young and can be used near water.

Twig blight caused by Pestalotia funerea is a weak pathogen and is usually present on dead or dying tissue.  When the tree is stressed the fungus can kill branch tips.  Control is usually not needed. Dead tips can be pruned off.  Do not let dead or diseased branches remain on the tree.  Keep trees healthy with regular fertilization.  

Michigan State University Extension Service

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