Taxodium ascendens - Pond Cypress
Family - Taxodiaceae
Size - 60 to 70 feet in height with a 10 to 20 foot spread. Columnar in habit. Grow rate is a good medium rate in this region.
Foliage - Deciduous conifer. New growth is spirally bound and tightly arranged. Erect from the twigs. New growth is a light green unfolding to a softer dark green in summer. Fall color is a rich reddish brown.
Flower/Fruit/Seed - Cone, about the size of a large marble. Green when emerging changing to a brown in the Fall.
Bark - Thick, furrowed and reddish-brown. Very attractive.
Pests and Diseases - None noticed
Landscape Use - Prefers wet swampy areas, but can also tolerate high dry sites. Being narrower in size than the Bald Cypress gives it more flexibility in use. Could make a good street tree. Is very windfirm, hurricane force winds rarely ever turn them over. Very adapatable.
Performance - 10 Excellent in the South, (is native). Zones 4 - 9.
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