Taxodium distichum bald cypress Taxodiaceae TADI*; Bx, pb (planted); K, p (planted);



Taxodium (Accessed 6/2014).

Taxodium distichum is a tree to 40 m; Gymnosperm; trunk buttressed at base, bark reddish brown, shallowly furrowed, fibrous-flaky; lateral roots forming “knee” projecting above level of water or wet soil around the tree. 

Leaves: needles and small twigs deciduous; linear, flat, to 1.5 cm long, appearing 2-ranked along twigs. 

Flowers and Fruit none. Monoecious; female cones round, 2-3 cm thick, scales thick. 

Wetland status: OBL. 


Taxodium (Accessed 3/2017).

Frequency in NYC: Very Infrequent. 

Origin: Southern US, MD and south. 

Habitat: Lately popular as a horticultural planting in wet areas and pond shores (Central Park, NY). Not known to escape.