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Pond Cypress (Taxodium ascendens Brongn.)

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Native or Not Present
Native or Expanded

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.


Found in standing water along blackwater rivers, ponds, and swamps, in areas with slow-moving or stagnant waters and rich accumulation of organic matter. Often found in cypress domes. Usually absent from sites along more flood-prone, faster-moving rivers where there is deposition of silt from floodwaters.

Found in areas that experience regular light surface fires during dry weather when the water level is lower, but that are usually protected from more severe fire.

This species has a more restricted range than bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), which is more likely to occur along faster-moving streams and rivers where there is some deposition of silt from flooding.

Taxodium ascendens (Pond Cypress) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

Pondcypress | Virginia Tech Dendrology Factsheets (About This Site)

Taxodium ascendens | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

Taxodium ascendens | NatureServe Explorer (About This Site)

Taxodium ascendens Brongniart (Pondcypress) | Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora (About This Site)