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Cultural Details for Taxodium distichum

Common Name:

Growth Rate:
medium 50-70' in 30-50 years

Average Mature Height:
50-70' to 100' or more

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
monoecious; staminate in drooping, 4-5" long panicles; pistillate cones are subglobose, comprisingseveral spirally arranged peltate scales, each bearing 2 erect, basal ovules

Fruit Details:
cones, globular or ovoid, short stalked 0.5-1" across; green to purple and resinous when young, brown at maturity; seed triangular to 0.5"long

Fall Color:
russet, soft brown to orangish brown

Bark Details:
reddish brown, fibrous, strongly buttressed

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
twig blight, cancers, decay, cypress moth, fruit tree leaf roller, gypsy moth, mites

Native Habitat:
Delaware to Florida west to Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas introduced 1640

Other Features:
National champion 83' x 85' Cat Island, LA

Culture and Care:
deep, fine, sandy loams, moist, acid, moderate drainage soils, adaptable; sunny

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
3070, 3080, 3140, 3160, 3170

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.