Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium (Nutt.) Croom

Pond Cypress, Pond Baldcypress

Family: Taxodiaceae

Genus: Taxodium

Parent: Taxodium distichum

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 60 to 80' tall, to 20' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Narrower form than Taxodium distichum but slower growing. Better autumn color, a richer, more vivid brown. Branchlets upright with awl-shaped leaves, more linear, less feathery look than Taxodium distichum.


'Morris' (Debonair ®) - upright pyramidal habit, fern-like foliage, develops slightly weeping habit with age, 60' tall and 20' wide.


Native to southeastern US: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC. Published in Cat. Pl. New Bern ed. 2 in 1837 note 53.

Basionym is Cupressus disticha var. imbricaria Nutt. Synonym = Taxodium ascendens Brongn.

Note that PlantList and Tropicos show "imbricatum" not "imbricarium". The published source gives "imbricarium". Note also that IPNI lists the name as Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich. var. imbricarium (Nutt.) Sarg. but does not list a publication.


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