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Cypress: Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum


The languid silhouette of the bald cypress Taxodium distichum is famous in the southern United States, where it flourishes in swampy areas. It has an extensive root system, including lateral roots that combine with the trunk to give it a buttressed appearance, that makes it very stable, even in hurricanes. The common name "bald" refers to their deciduous habit during the winter months.

Ospreys and bald eagles sometimes build their nests in the spreading canopies of older trees. The female cones are relatively inconspicuous, but clusters of 3- to 5-inch long (7- to 13-centimeter long) male cones drape along the needles like a decorative fringe.