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Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)

Baldcypress is a deciduous tree that may grow 100 to 120 feet tall. The leaves are linear with a feathery, pinnately compound appearance. The bark is red-brown and fibrous in younger trees. As the tree ages, the bark thickens and becomes somewhat scaly. In early spring, drooping, male and subglobose, female flowers mature near the end of branches. The tree produces a 3/4- to 1-inch cone which is composed of round scales.


Seeds are eaten by ducks. Hollows and natural cavities that form in older trees are used as cover by wildlife.

Plant Type Tree >30 feet
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Moderate
Regions Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade
Soil Wet, Moist
Bloom Times Early Spring
Seed Times Fall
Wildlife Value Seed or Nut
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