BALD CYPRESS
(Taxodium distichium)

NATIVE

Height : 100 ft.
Canopy Spread : 30 ft.

The Cypress tree is commonly found in low lying wetlands or in close proximity to or in bodies of water but it will also do well in drier situations. Mature Cypress’ can grow to be 100 feet tall. The fine needles are shed in the fall leaving the dormant tree looking bare or even dead.

Frequently Cypress trees form dense stands or "cypress domes". A dome refers to a large number of Cypress trees growing in a wetlands area with the trees towards the center growing taller than those along the edges. This gives these Cypress stands an overall dome shape. Cypress domes can be seen throughout South Florida and especially in the Everglades.

Mature trees form “knees” which are above ground extensions of the root system. The Cypress knee is an aboveground root extension. The size of a Cypress knee indicates the historical water level. In addition, the base of the mature cypress tree is frequently flared or buttressed.

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A 4ft. tall Cypress knee covered with Red Lichen. This picture was taken at Tall Cypress Natural Area.

 



Buttressed trunk of a mature Cypress tree

The Cypress knee is an aboveground root extension. The size of a Cypress knee indicates the historical water level.


Cypress cones


Mature Cypress tree
(note the buttressed trunk)