Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum

Bald cypress at Spring Hammock Preserve

Bald cypress at Spring Hammock Preserve

A giant among trees, the bald cypress is an imposing sight. Unlike its relative the pond cypress, it prefers growing along water in motion, such as rivers, streams, and sluggish swamps. Some of Florida’s most ancient and largest trees are bald cypress. Bald cypress can be distinguished from pond cypress by its needles. The needles of the bald cypress spread flat like a hawk’s feather, while those of the pond cypress sweep upward from the stem, creating a wispy effect.

Two of the best places to see ancient cypresses in Florida are Spring Hammock Preserve and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Enormous bald cypress (right) at Spring Hammock Preserve

Enormous bald cypress (right) at Spring Hammock Preserve

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

5 + = 6

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>