An “evergreen” that loses its needles!
This lofty, deciduous conifer is slender and conical in youth, becoming flat-topped in very old age. Sage-green leaves resemble feathers, turning copper-colored before falling (thus the common name – it is bald in the winter!). Trunks are buttressed (flared or fluted) at the base and “knees” develop – mostly in poorly drained situations. Exfoliating bark is reddish brown to silver. Attracts birds, small mammals.
Prefers moist, sandy soils, but tolerates a wide range of soil conditions ranging from somewhat dry soils to wet soils in standing water.
Height: 50-70 ft.
Spread: 20-45 ft.
Bloom time: Non-flowering
Sun: full sun
Water: medium to wet
According to Rutgers University, Taxodium sp. are “occasionally severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: Chris Light