Taxodium distichum

Common name: Bald Cypress

Native plant

Bald Cypress is one of only a few deciduous conifers growing in this part of the country, being native to southern Illinois. It is the most water-tolerant of the plants we grow, able to take weeks or even months with its roots submerged. Even with its preference for moist sites, we have found that it is also suited well to mesic soils and curb sides. The brown-orange exfoliating bark, soft green foliage, and russet orange fall color mark this as an excellent landscape plant. 

You must visit Heron Pond in southern Illinois to see the 80-foot tall virgin cypress. Just beautiful!


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Wetlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color



Mature height
40 Feet
Mature width
20 Feet
Max height
60 Feet
Max width
45 Feet

Additional information

Great for Screening/Border Plantings Rain garden suited

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