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Taxodium distichum (Swamp Cypress, Taxodium)

Taxodium distichum (Swamp Cypress, Taxodium)
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Type Tree, Conifer, Deciduous
Form Conical-Shaped Tree, Architectural Form
Size Large Tree (8m or more height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Taxodium distichum Description

Taxodium is a tall growing almost column like deciduous conifer, which is much loved for is rust coloured autumnal foliage. It grows with roots under water, sending arched root stems above the water. Its fine cut foliage ultimate height- 40m tall x 8m.


Taxodium distichum - Cultivation Notes

The swamp Cyprus can survive with its roots underwater, preferring a lime free wet soil - preferably a heavy water clay. Ideal for pond side planting this tree will get very large so is only suitable for larger gardens.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Taxodium distichum:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates permanently wet soil
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Taxodium distichum

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Taxodium distichum:

  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems

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Common Missspellings: Taxidiem, Taxodeam, Taxodum

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