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Pond Cypress

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Pond cypress is a native tree that’s related to bald cypress and grows naturally in ponds and wetland areas.

Though found in wet areas, pond cypress also grows well in dryer areas, and can be planted in many home landscapes.

In the home landscape, pond cypress is often preferred over bald cypress because it’s smaller and more compact, though it can still reach 80 feet tall. It’s also less likely to put up "knees," and any knees that do pop up will be shorter and rounder.

Pond cypress is relatively maintenance free and requires only occasional pruning to remove dead limbs.

It even puts on a show in the fall, when the leaves turn from green to light yellow or copper colored.