The Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum, is a magnificent specimen for large properties, especially in boggy places. Its landscape presence is enhanced by the ornamental cones, fibrous bark, and foliage color that changes through the seasons. Native to the southeastern United States, this award-winning tree is hardy here.
A genus of 3 gorgeous species of trees—only 1 of which is deciduous and hardy—with fine-cut fern-like leaves and open foliage. The bark is brown and it curls and peels most interestingly on the trunk and branches—almost like a Redwood. Because Taxodium is related to Southern Cypress, it does well in quite moist locations, but specimens can be seen in locations where the gardens are not the least damp or swamp-like.
For more information on the growing and care of Bald Cypress, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
Latin Name Pronunciation: tax-oh'-dee-um
This tall, slender, deciduous conifer has fern-like needles that turn warm shades of orange-brown in fall before dropping. Although the Bald Cypress grows naturally in swamps, it does well in average soils that don't dry out and makes a handsome specimen tree for large properties.
Light: Full sun.
Soil: Average to damp acid soil; well suited for wet or boggy sites.
Watering: The key to getting your new shrub or tree off to a good start is moisture. Water thoroughly after planting, and keep a close eye on the plant over the following week. Then, give it a good soaking once a week during summer, unless rainfall is plentiful (more than 1″ per week). Established plants can generally get by on less water, but most grow best if the soil remains evenly moist. Please note that more is not better. When in doubt, don't water.
Fertilizer: We recommend against fertilizing at planting time and during the first growing season in your garden. Plants need time to settle in before being pushed to grow. Most established plants grow best if fertilized with a light hand. Here at the Farm, we fertilize our specimen trees and shrubs just once -- in early spring -- with a light but even coverage of a balanced, granular fertilizer (such 5-10-10, 10-10-10, or an organic fertilizer). If a concentrated, water-soluble fertilizer is used, please follow the manufacturers' recommendations carefully.
Continuing Care: Easy care. Chlorosis can occur in alkaline soils (those with a pH greater than 7). Leaf spot, spider mites, gall mites, and twig blight can be problems.