Taxodium distichum (Bald Cypress, Baldcypress)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Found along wet stream banks, swamps, and river bottoms, Bald Cypress* has a root system, which often produces irregular structures called “knees” that rise above the ground or water’s surface. The tree is referred to as “bald” since it is deciduous, losing its foliage in the winter.

*It is often planted outside of its native range, which is along the southeastern and Gulf coasts and the lower Mississippi River up to IL. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, it is not native to DC and is rare in the DE Coastal Plain and in PA. It is native to the southern portions of MD. In VA, it is locally common along the Coastal Plain and rare in the outer southern Piedmont. It is not native to NoVA.

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