White Cypress, Gulf Cypress, Southern Cypress, Yellow Cypress, Red Cypress, Black Cypress, Swamp Cypress, Sabino-Tree
Taxodium distichum (L.) L. Rich.
Family : Taxodiaceae
Longevity : Perennial
Origin : Native
Season : Warm
Bald Cypress is a deciduous conifer growing to a height of 130 feet with a trunk diameter of 8 feet. It can be found along river beds and wet areas of the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains. It is reported that some trees are as old as 800 to 1,200 years.The leaves are light green and about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long. Bald Cypress blooms from March to April with male and female cones. The fruit, a cone, ripens from October to December and is eaten by various birds, such as wild ducks. Bald Cypress wood is very durable in contact with soil and water. It is used for boat building, docks, bridges, greenhouses, and shingles. Resin from the cone is used as an analgesic for wounds.
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