The Bald Cypress Tree is a tree that is native to the southeastern region of the United States. The tree prefers acidic soil and can grow on dry land if certain conditions are present. The tree can also grow well in standing water.
Bald Cypress trees prefer warm weather, but can grow as far north as the Delaware Bay in the United States.
Deciduous Conifer Tree
The tree is rare in that it is a deciduous conifer tree and loses its needles during the fall. Before the needles drop off the tree, they turn a brilliant orange color. The tree remains free of needles until the springtime.
When grown in a wet environment, the lower part of the tree trunk forms “knees” or slight bends. These bends are known as “Cypress Knees”. A large taproot makes the tree drought and heat tolerant.
The Bald Cypress Tree has a scientific name of Taxodium distichum. The tree grows to a height of 50 to 100 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide. The tree produces 1 to 2 inch long cones which disintegrate when mature to reveal the large seeds contained in the cone. Most trees do not produce cones until they are at least 30 years old.
Oldest Tree in the World
The oldest Cypress tree is located in Bladen County, North Carolina. The tree is over 1,600 years old.
Louisiana State Tree
In 1963, the Bald Cypress Tree became the official state tree of Louisiana.