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.
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Orders are typically shipped within 5-7 business days from the date of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon shipment of your Plant Me Green purchase. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note West Coast states ship only on Monday due to transit time and it will include a $10 shipping fee regardless of whether an order is over $100 due to shipping carrier costs.
Most Plant Me Green trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery (such as bare root trees). Our shipping schedule is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This is to ensure our trees do not stay in a box longer than necessary and arrive to you as healthy as possible. If a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your Plant Me Green package. Holiday shipping schedules are set by the carriers.
First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need. 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. 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. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.
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.