Audubon® Bald Cypress
Shipping Autumn of 2021
In the wild, eagles and ospreys nest in the tops of old Baldcypress trees. They consider the lofty branches an excellent place to raise their young. In your own yard, you may not have eagles visiting your Baldcypress tree, but many songbirds will enjoy perching in its branches and surveying the landscape below. Their songs will greet you on spring mornings. When the cones ripen, birds may take a renewed interest in Baldcypress—this time for its seeds. Cardinals, finches, grosbeaks, jays, and woodpeckers are known to be fond of dining on them.
May Benefit & Attract: Cardinals, finches, grosbeaks, jays, and woodpeckers
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- 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
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- 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
Size A (5-6' tall) container grown
Size B (8-9' tall) container grown
Size C (9-10' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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Shortly after Hurricane Katrina local fisherman found a site off the coast of Alabama in the Gulf of Mexico that was swarming with fish and suspected that there was something “big” underwater. Thinking it was a ship this remained a guarded secret to prevent scuba divers from taking valuable artifacts. Finally in 2012 after being sworn to secrecy Ben Raines was given the secret location from a friend who owned a bait shop. What Raines discovered was an ancient underwater Bald Cypress swamp in pristine condition that was most likely uncovered by hurricane Katrina in 2005. Raines described the experience like this, “Swimming around amidst these stumps and logs, you feel like you’re in this fairy world” After 50,000 years these trees were so well preserved that when cut into them you can still smell fresh Cypress sap. The forest has become an artificial reef, attracting a variety of marine life and for that reason this treasure has a time limit. Scientists estimate that they have about 2 years to study these trees before wood-burrowing marine animals destroy them.
Bald is Beautiful! Taxodium is one of a few conifers providing shade in summer and lets the sun shine through in the winter. This tree actually loses all of its needles in fall. Soft, fine textured, green needles drop off to showcase the outstanding reddish-brown bark in winter adding yet another unique feature to your winter garden. An impressive pyramidal shape forming a very stately tree for your landscape.
How to Grow
Believe it or not, this is the same Baldcypress that grows in the swamps down South and forms “knees” that seem to rise from the water and surround the base of the tree. The Baldcypress will not form “knees” when grown up North and they don’t need swamp conditions to survive. They like full sun and actually tolerate a very wide range of soil conditions. The Baldcypress is a deciduous conifer, meaning that it loses its needles every winter exposing its reddish brown bark. It has no insect problems and requires relatively low maintenance, it’s a “plant it and forget it” type of tree.
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Size A Trees:
5-6' tall, grown and delivered in a container. Although this size tree can be handled by one person its container, stem and branching make it too big to fit into a box! A van or SUV will be needed to bring this spectacular native home.
Size B Trees:
8-9' tall, grown and delivered in a container. This is an impressive size for a slow growing tree. A truck or trailer will be needed to bring this new landscape addition home.
Size C Trees:
9-10' tall, grown and delivered in a container. This tree is BIG! Two people should be used to move this tree. Once planted, this size tree will look like its been in your landscape for years!
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