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Taxodium ascendens (Pond Cypress)

Pond Cypress, Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium


Adaptable and wind-tolerant, Taxodium ascendens (Pond Cypress) is a deciduous coniferous tree of great beauty. It enjoys a narrowly conical or columnar form that enhances many landscapes. Unlike most cone-bearing trees, Pond Cypress loses its needles each winter and grows a new set in spring. Its delicate foliage sprays of soft, bright green, awl-shaped leaves warm up to rich shades of orange, cinnamon and golden-brown in the fall, before dropping and revealing the light brown, ridged bark. Small ovoid, purplish-green cones mature to brown. Flared at the base, its trunk develops knobby growths ('knees') when grown in waterlogged soils. Long-lived, Pond Cypress has outstanding ornamental features and deserves a spot in the landscape. A spectacular tree for stream banks or pond edges, it can also be grown in dry locations and could make an attractive street tree for a very narrow space.

  • Grows up to 50-60 ft. tall (15-18 m) and 10-15 ft. wide (3-5 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in preferably acid, moist or poorly drained soils.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • No pruning required
  • Propagate by grafting in late winter
  • Native to the southeastern United States, from southern Delaware to southeastern Louisiana and south into Florida.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Taxodium - Cypresses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 50' – 60' (15m – 18m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Delaware, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Taxodium - Cypresses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 50' – 60' (15m – 18m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Delaware, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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