Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Taxodium distichum, Swamp Cypress

Taxodium distichum
 Swamp Cypress
The strange root formations from this tree are sometimes called gardeners' knees

The Swamp Cypress is a tall pyramid shaped tree native to the southern USA and Mexico with soft lacy foliage resembling a yew, hence the Latin name taxus and eidos meaning resemblance. One of my reference books refers to this tree as being the tallest in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne at 37 metres. That was in 1975 so it may be taller still by now.The tree is hardy over a range of climates but needs plenty of space to develop to its full potential as well as a good supply of water.
2017 update: I do not have plants of this tree for sale.

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