Description: Stately conifer with soft, fern-like, sage-green foliage and handsome, reddish-brown bark. Leaves turn rich brown in autumn before falling.
Habit: Pyramidal habit; grows 50 to 70’ in height
Culture: Prefers deep, fine, sandy loams with plenty of moisture in full sun to part shade. It often occurs in swamps, where its emerging anchor roots resemble knees.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 10
Origin: North America
Attributes: Attracts birds, deer resistant, fall color, rain garden
Although the natural range of Bald Cypress extends from Delaware to Florida and west to southern Illinois and Louisiana, it is hardy as far north as Canada. It was introduced into England by John Tradescant the Younger who, with his father John the Elder, established a garden of exotic plants along the River Thames near London during the 1640s. The 18th-century naturalist and illustrator Mark Catesby described it as the loftiest North American tree next to the Tulip Poplar. The name Bald Cypress refers to its deciduous nature. Jefferson’s listing of “Cypress Cupressus disticha” in his book, Notes on the State of Virginia, may actually refer to Bald Cypress.
This plant will ship bare root. Two year seedling is approximately 3' tall with light branches. zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9,zone0
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.