Range: Southeastern USA
This is our native bald cypress, found in wet and swampy areas throughout the southeastern United States. It can grow very tall, to over 100 feet, and can live for more than 1000 years. Bald cypress is a conifer, forming seeds in small, round cones, but its name refers to the fact that it is not evergreen. It drops its needles in the winter and remains bald until springtime. Bald cypress has the unusual feature of forming woody “knees” from its roots, anchoring the plant and possibly supplying oxygen to the roots. Cypress trees form large dome-shaped colonies, a common feature of the Everglades landscape. The wood is strong and valuable, and is used for many purposes.