Leaves. The needles
of the bald cypress are bright yellow-green, normally flat but
sometimes 3 sided, on slender greenish twigs that bear them,
looking quite feather like on branchlets, scale like, fall in
winter. Leaf scars are lacking.
cypress flowers are small, showy, near the end of last years
growth, purplish and scaly. The pollinating cones are 8" long
dangling catkins opening before the leaves emerge.
Fruit. The cones of
the Bald Cypress are woody, 1" round, in pairs or singular.
Winter Buds. The
buds are small, brownish.
Bark. Bark on young
trees lighter but becoming reddish gray on mature trunks with
fibrous ridges. Twigs reddish becoming light brown.
Wood. The wood is
light, soft, brown, close grained, extremely durable and rot
resistant, easy to work, used in construction, doors, boats,
shingles, posts, fencing and nails well. Bald Cypress weighs 29#
bald cypress is susceptible to the gall mite but is mainly pest
Bald cypress are
found from coastal Virginia south to the everglades, west to
central Texas and up the Mississippi valley to southern
Illinois. Scatterings of Bald cypress can be found in nearly all
the eastern half of the US.
Other. A great
all around landscape tree for the east and is planted widely
through Europe. Knees form in the southern range when planted in
water", weeping variety. "Shawnee Brave"' pyramidal tree with