A large ornamental tree for large lawns. It is a good selection for growing in wet soils either in low spots or near water.
Its seeds are eaten by wild turkey, wood ducks, evening grosbeak and squirrels. The seed is a minor part of the diet of waterfowl and wading birds. Cypress domes provide unique watering places for a variety of birds and mammals and breeding sites for frogs, toads, salamanders, and other reptiles. Its tops provide nesting sites for bald eagles, ospreys, herons, and egrets. Hollows and natural cavities that form in older trees are used as cover by wildlife.
‘Fastigiata’ – narrow, columnar
‘Monarch of Illinois’ – wide-spreading habit, 90′ tall with a spread of 70′. More susceptible to mites.
‘Pendens’ – drooping branch tips, overall form is pyramidal, with horizontal primary limbs.
‘Shawnee Brave’ – narrow, fastigiate, useful as a street tree, 80′ tall and only 20′ wide
Bald Cypress – USDA Plant Fact Sheet
Bald Cypress – Missouri Botanical Garden
Bald Cypress – University of Connecticut Plant Database
Bald Cypress – US Forest Service
Bald Cypress – North Carolina Extension
Recommended for Wildlife by
The Audubon Backyard Bird Watcher by Burton & Kress
Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States by Dove & Woolridge