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Pond cypress
Taxodium ascendens
Cupressaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Accent or specimen tree in wet soils.
Availability:
Widely cultivated. Available at Indian Trails Native Nursery in Lake Worth (561-641-9488).
Description:
Small to large tree with an erect, straight trunk. Bark gray to brown, flaking in strips. Needles deciduous, thin, light green, almost always held flat against the twig.
Dimensions:
Typically 10-80 feet in height in South Florida; to 115 feet in Florida. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Eastern and southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.
Habitats:
Freshwater swamps and marl prairies.
Soils:
Wet to moist, poorly-drained to moderately well-drained calcareous, sandy or organic soils, with or without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate to high; grows best with some organic content and may languish in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Green turning brown.
Flower Characteristics:
Cone.
Flowering Season:
Spring.
Fruit:
Cone.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides some food and moderate amounts of cover for wildlife.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed soaked in water for 24-48 hours.
Comments:
Depending on nutrients and water availability, this can be a small tree or tree-like shrub or it can be a large tree.


 


Melissa E. Abdo
Melissa E. Abdo
Melissa E. Abdo
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Don & Joyce Gann