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Debonair Baldcypress

Taxodium distichum 'Morris'

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Debonair Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum 'Morris') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Debonair Baldcypress foliage

Debonair Baldcypress foliage

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Height:  60 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Pond Baldcypress

Description:

A particularly beautiful deciduous conifer with lovely pendulous foliage along its formal pyramidal habit; narrow bright green leaves turn bronze in fall, a broad trunk and odd knee-like protrusions at the base when grown in standing water; very adaptable

Ornamental Features

Debonair Baldcypress has emerald green foliage throughout the season. The ferny bipinnately compound leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The shaggy indian red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Debonair Baldcypress is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Debonair Baldcypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Debonair Baldcypress will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
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Characteristics
Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features