Cypress - Bald

Taxodium distichum
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-10


The Bald Cypress is a beautiful, deciduous conifer that is low-maintenance once established. It has a narrow to broad pyramidal shape when young eventually developing into a broad-topped, spreading, open specimen when mature. The green, needle-like leaves turn a rich copper in the fall before dropping, but the bare branches and reddish gray, peeling bark provide much landscape interest during the winter. The trunk grows unusually thick toward the base, even on young trees. The small seeds are used by some birds and squirrels. Although often seen at water's edge where it will develop "knees", or root projections, that will extend above the water, Bald Cypress can also be grown in dry locations and makes an attractive lawn, street, or shade tree. Cypress knees do not generally form on these drier sites. Growth is often faster in moist, well-drained soil. Surprisingly, the roots do not appear to lift sidewalks and curbs as readily as some other species. Its delicate, feathery foliage affords light, dappled shade, and the heartwood of Bald Cypress is quite resistant to rot. The Bald Cypress has a medium growth-rate reaching 40 to 50 feet in about 15 to 25 years. It is hardy in Zones 4-10. It reaches a mature height of about 60-80 feet and a spread of 20-25 feet. It maintains a desirably straight trunk and a moderately dense canopy and does not form double or multiple leaders as do many other large trees.

USDA ZONES: Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10


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How to Plant
STEP 1) First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need.
STEP 2) Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting.
STEP 3) Remove the plant from the pot and place the root ball in the hole. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system.
STEP 4) Once the plant is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material.
STEP 5) Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets.
STEP 6) When finished, water thoroughly.
Care Guide

Bald Cypress is ideal for wet locations, such as its native habitat of stream banks and mucky soils, but the trees will also grow remarkably well on almost any soil, including heavy, compacted, or poorly-drained muck, except alkaline soils with a pH above 7.5. Plant where the sun will strike the tree on all sides for best symmetrical development. Bald Cypress is relatively maintenance-free, requiring pruning only to remove dead wood and unwanted lower branches which persist on the tree.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Richard Doerr
Total Satisfaction

I recently ordered a Bald Cypress from Plant Me Green. As with all of my online orders over the years with this nursery, this tree arrived as scheduled in pristine condition at my Colorado address. Plant Me Green is one of my two favorite online nurseries. Their nursery stock is top notch, healthy and always arrives perfectly packed and larger than expected. And their customer service is the best. The Bald Cypress was planted the following day after arrival and appears to be thriving. Thank you Plant Me Green for your excellent service. You have a customer for life!

Jennifer Lonergan
Bald cypress

We are so glad that we ordered this tree. It looks amazing and seems to be very happy in its new home! For anyone who is hesitant to order a tree online, don't be. This tree came safely packaged with very thorough instructions on how to care for and plant. Even though the tree was in a box for a few days, it was green and happy, no breakage or damage. I can't wait to see how it grows ♡

James Santore
Bald Cypress

Nice strong trees so far so good