Taxodium distichium
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bald cypress

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • SMSierra and Coastal Mountains
  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


Bald Cypress is a very tough tree with the unique characteristic of being a deciduous conifer. This quality results in a striking winter form. Bald Cypress can tolerate a variety of soil conditions and is well at home in moist or dry soils. Cultivated trees may attain a size of 100 feet tall with a broad conical shape. Trees have shaggy cinnamon bark and sprays of flat needle-like green leaves that turn an orange-toned brown before dropping each year. Its tolerance of soil saturation makes this tree very well suited for water side planting.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun

Water needs:

  • Medium water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted