Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress The Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) is so named because of the distinctinve round green cones it produces. Bald Cypress trees, along with the Water Tupelo, are one of the dominant trees of southeastern bottomland hardwood forests and swamps and are characteristic of Wolf River corridor and floodplain where their buttressed trunks and unique adventitious roots known as "knees" are easy to spot. Unlike most conifers, Bald Cypresses shed their soft needle-like leaves every fall. Cypress lumber has long been prized for its durability, a fact which has resulted in excessive logging and habitat destruction. They are related to the Giant Sequioa trees of California.