In Florida, bald cypress trees are usually considered swamp-dwellers, but they're actually quite drought resistant once established and can be used in home landscapes. But the famous cypress "knees" (knobby roots that protrude out of the ground) only appear in wetter soils.
Commonly found in swamps throughout the southeast, the bald cypress can live for hundreds of years, growing as large as 150 feet tall with a spread of 35 feet. These beautiful trees make a great addition to any property.
In the autumn, the feathery foliage of bald cypress will change to a copper color, eventually falling off. The leaves return in the spring with a flush of green. Purchase and plant container-grown bald cypress trees at any time of the year. Be sure to water your tree on a regular basis until it’s established.
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