Where community and environmental literacy come together:
Relax. Sit down. Enjoy. Connect.

January 7, 2011

From the Conservation Garden Park: Plant Spotlight

Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)

For middle-aged men, the term “bald” probably brings negative feelings. However, for this stately conifer, bald is an apt description of its deciduous nature. Losing foliage in the winter is rare for conifers, but the bald cypress will lose its needles as the weather grows cold, regaining a fresh new set in the spring. Although it is often a cause for alarm for those who are unaware of this trait, it is an interesting characteristic on a tree that has many redeeming qualities. Naturally growing in swampy and wet areas, this tree will grow in relatively dry soils as well.
Being a recent addition to the garden, the only pictures we had were in its less impressive "bald" state. The attached picture shows some very mature examples, but is not from the garden (we don't have any trees growing in standing water around here).

See the original post here.

No comments: