Cypresses are a popular tree choice for gardeners all around the world for the light shade they provide in parks, streets, and gardens. They are also quite hardy and don’t require sophisticated care.
Cypresses are a family of trees native to North America. The two Cypress species native to the US are Pond Cypress and Bald Cypress. These species differ in their looks and habitat range. Bald Cypresses are hardier and more widely distributed. This article is about this species, which is more widespread and less fussy.
The Bald Cypress is a big deciduous conifer that sheds its leaves in autumn. It’s famous for its “knees”, pieces of root that grow above the ground in strange shapes. Knees are more common in trees that grow in water, and they can sometimes reach 6 ft (2m) tall. The Bald Cypress has jade needles with a feathery appearance arranged in two rows. In autumn, the needles turn yellow before covering the ground with a golden carpet.