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Taxodium distichum
Bald cypress
Family: Cupressaceae

The Bald cypress, native to the United States, moderately grows to about 50-100' tall and 20-3' wide. Bald cypress is a deciduous tree with light brown, furrowed, scaly bark and upright spreading branches, the twigs on the lower part of shoot shed with the foliage. The leaves are small and spiral around the stem and are a sage green color in the summer and a soft brown in the fall with a feather like appearance. It is unusual conifer because it is a deciduous conifer that sheds its foliage in the early fall. Bald cypress has a tapering trunk that grows in wet soils, swamps and overflow lands of the lower Ohio and Mississippi Valley region from Illinois southward. Bald cypress is a good tree to have line a street or just to plant as an ornamental tree. Bald cypress is also used for its lumbar to a limited degree because it has excellent decay resistance. Hardy Zones 4-9

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