Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)

Large trees

Bald cypress
Bald cypress

  • Maximum height
    100 feet
  • Relative growth rate
    Good
  • Freedom from insect pests
    Excellent
  • Freedom from disease problems
    Excellent
  • Resistance to storm damage
    Good
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil
    Excellent
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas
    Good
  • Easy to transplant
    Very poor
  • Withstands city conditions
    Good

Bald cypress


This fast-growing, pyramidal-shaped tree becomes rounded with age. The light green, fernlike leaves turn a rust color before they are shed in the fall. This tree has relatively few insect or disease problems and will grow on a wide variety of soil types. Bald cypress is difficult to move and should be transplanted while young.