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Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich.)

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Summary

A large, decidiuous conifer of wetlands, native to the southeastern U.S.

Range - Expand

LegendColor
Native
Expanded
Native or Not Present
Introduced or Not Present
Native or Expanded
Expanded or Not Present
Native or Expanded or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

This plant is widely planted in landscaping and sometimes escapes into the wild. It has established numerous populations north and west of its native range; we mark most of these as expanded because of their loose proximity to its native range and a broad pattern of establishment, but we mark the Utah population as introduced because it is isolated by large distances.

Habitat

Bottomlands and swamps, where it is often the dominant tree.

Uses

Widely planted as a landscaping plant; when cultivated, can be grown on drier ground than it occurs on naturally, and can be grown in areas considerably colder than its native range as well.

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