Plant Information

Plant Information


Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)

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Baldcypress is deciduous conifer commonly found in swamps, where it develops knees to channel air to the roots. With a narrow pyramidal habit, it reaches a mature height of 50 to 70 feet. Its feathery green leaves are yellow-green in spring, a soft sage green in summer, and finally a rich brown in fall. A lovely large specimen, it deserves a place of prominence in the landscape. Another attractive feature is the reddish-brown bark. Baldcypress is adaptable to wet or dry conditions once established. This tree has one of the widest ranges of distribution, growing from Illinois all the way to Florida.

Illinois native species.



Taxodium distichumTaxodium distichum


Street: Appropriate for restricted size planting sites; recommended by the City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List
Park/Residential: Appropriate for landscaped planting sites including public parks, residential property, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.
Legacy: For plantings with an expected life span of more than 60 years; retained 50 percent or more climate suitability in models for the decade 2080
N/R +35 yrs: Not recommended for plantings with an expected life span of more than 35 years