Taxodium ascendens

pond cypress


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 50 - 85 ft    Width: 15-30 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, fall color, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen tree. Mass plantings in moist areas. Wetland restoration and enhancement.
Considerations: May produce knees (roots that poke up above ground level) even if grown in uplands. (This species is less prone to knees than bald cypress(T. distchum).)
Propagation: Cones. Needs good moisture (but not flooding) to sprout. Can be transplanted into moist uplands with expectation of success.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Seeds are used by some mammals and seed-eating birds.
Native Habitats: Usually found in smaller wetlands that historically burned. Restricted to areas that dry out periodically (for reproduction) and naturally found in areas that flood (for seed dispersal).

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

This is a deciduous conifer. Depending on nutrients and water availability, this can be a small tree or tree-like shrub or it can be a large tree.