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Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
This deciduous cypress (hence the name "bald) is one of the most ancient and widely distributed conifers in North America. While often found on riverbanks, the Hill Country Bald Cypress is actually quite average in its water requirements (generally needing irrigation the first 2-3 years). It is fast growing, adding 4-6' in height each year. For the first 30 years, the tree exhibits a distinctly "pyramidal" shape. Afterwards it assumes adult form, shedding lower branches and arching the remaining branches gracefully upward. The tree's distinctive "knees" form when it grows in oxygen-poor soil such as a swamp, but are generally absent in well-drained situations.
Unlike many of the Bald Cypress found in the nursery trade, our stock is grown from local populations adapted for our very alkaline and calcium rich soils, high temperatures and limited rainfall.
Very young trees need to be protected from deer who will browse the new growth.