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About Pond Cypress Tree

The Pond Cypress tree is an adaptable, wind tolerant deciduous conifer with landscape appeal. This fast-growing tree can reach upwards of 60 feet tall and have a canopy 30 feet wide at maturity. This cypress tree has longer needles than a bald cypress but will put on just as impressive of a show in the fall when the needles turn a coppery brown, eventually dropping as winter sets in.

In addition to its fall foliage, the pond cypress tree also produces small cones that begin yellow-tinted green shade that transitions to purplish-green and finally a muted brown tone.

This cypress tree grows upright and has a flared base. Its narrow, pyramidal canopy makes it a versatile landscape element that can be planted beside ponds, streams or other wet areas, but will do just as well planted along streets or as an accent in your yard. This tree doesn’t need to be in standing water for it to shine in your landscape. Cypress knees do not usually form in drier conditions.

Pond cypress does well in most soils but is not tolerant of alkaline soils above 7.5 pH. It is also drought-tolerant, disease-resistant, and insect resistant. The tight habit of the tree also requires little to no maintenance.

Customers Outside of the Southeastern United States: Shipping these trees over long distances during the Summer is not recommended, please wait to order during Fall to Early Spring for best results.

Pond Cypress Tree Care

  • Hardy from USDA Zones 5-11.
  • Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade for best results.
  • Pond Cypresses are tolerant of most soil types, even clay. Does not tolerate alkaline soils with a pH above 7.5
  • Water 2-3 times per week after planting. This will help it to develop deep roots and allow it to support rapid growth.
  • Fertilize new plantings in early spring with a balanced nitrogen-rich fertilizer to promote new growth.

How to Plant:

  1. Dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This will make it easier for the roots to spread out.
  2. Mix your native soil with gardening soil to provide extra nutrients, this step isn’t 100% necessary, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.
  3. Backfill the hole with the soil mixture and top with 3-4 inches of mulch to help retain moisture.
  4. Soak the plant with the hose afterward to hydrate the plant and help all of the soil and mulch get situated.

Pond Cypress Tree Spacing Recommendations

They are feature plants and will need about 15-20 feet between plantings. These trees should be spaced to allow them to mature and show off their wonderful forms.

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Common Name
Pond Cypress Tree
Scientific Name
Taxodium ascendens
USDA Zones
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