One of the longest lived giants in the kingdom of trees, Bald Cypress, with scientific name Taxodium distichum, got its name for being deciduous, meaning, dropping its fern-like leaves in fall, after turning tan, cinnamon and finally fiery orange.
Although traditionally Bald Cypress is the signature tree of southern swamps, this beautiful tree with pyramid-shaped crown when young, also does well in yards, as a shade tree on parking lots, lining the streets, as well as in cities as far north as Milwaukee, WI, and on dry hills in Texas.
This cypress grows slow and lives long. Its trunk has stringy texture in a palette of interesting colors. From horizontal roots Bald Cypress often grows "knees" which are supposedly providing air to drowned roots in swampy conditions.
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I planted one of these amazing trees about a year ago in my own yard. For now my bald cypress, called "Vita" - in honor of a very special person in my life, resides in a large wooden box. And it seems to be doing really good. I can't provide a swamp for it, but I water this precious tree as often as all the other plants around my home.