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Audubon® Pond Cypress
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It looks like something right out of the Okefenokee Swamp—because it is! Pondcypress is a charismatic tree from the swamps of the Deep South. This spirelike deciduous conifer will thrive in regular garden soil and can tolerate winter lows to -20ºF. Plant a whole grove of Pondcypresses for a truly magical feel. Birders will want to watch for cardinals, finches, and evening grosbeaks hopping among the branches in fall as they forage on the seeds.
May Benefit & Attract: Finches, cardinals & grosbeaks.
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
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- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Pondcypress is closely related to Baldcypress, another denizen of the South. The two trees are very similar, but there are some distinctions. First, Pondcypress has an even more southernly distribution. It’s present from Virginia to Louisiana, primarily near the coast. Second, it stays smaller than Baldcypress. And third, it has finer foliage. Baldcypress leaves are feathery, whereas Pondcypress leaves are like short pieces of string. Both of these plants are related to the mighty Redwoods of the West. Like the Redwoods, Pondcypress and Baldcypress are revered for their longevity. They can live for 1,000 years or more.
Deciduous conifers are funny plants that look like evergreens, but lose their needles for the winter. Your neighbors may be very concerned when your “evergreen” tree goes bare! Before Pondcypress disrobes in late fall, its soft, feathery foliage will take on warm coppery orange tones, putting on a lovely show of late-season color.
How to Grow
Plant Pondcypress in a sunny location. This tree isn’t fussy about soil and will happily grow in clay and will love that troublesome part of your yard where water drains poorly. Average soils are fine, too, and this tree will even tolerate some drought once established. Help your tree develop a strong root system by irrigating with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System during the first couple of years. Feed with Elements™ Fertilizer to support healthy, balanced root growth and top growth. Little, if any, pruning will be necessary, and no major pests or diseases generally affect Pondcypress Trees.
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