At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Cupressaceae
Latin Name: Taxadium distichum
Foliage: Sage green
Fall Foliage: Coppery bronze
Bloom: Non-flowering
Shape: Conical
Bark: Red brown and fibrous
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 50 to 70 feet
Spread: 20 to 45 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

The Bald Cypress is native to the Southeast United States, spreading from Delaware to Florida, and westward towards Texas, Oklahoma, and Indiana. Unsurprisingly, this is a species that favors warm and humid climates with plenty of sunshine; ice damages its seedlings and can prevent regeneration, though larger and older trees better tolerate colder conditions (when planted in cooler climates, the tree’s growth is healthy but very slow, and without seedling/cone production). Massive and aquatic, this conifer tree boasts a 4-9 hardiness rating. It favors medium to wet and well-drained soils, with roots that are often submerged underwater when the tree is situated in a swamp environment. Bald Cypress swamps are in fact known as some of the world’s most productive ecosystems.

Scientifically classified as Taxodium distichum, the Bald Cypress belongs to the family Cupressaceae. Given its deciduous nature—hence the name “Bald” Cypress—it is a non-flowering plant with linear, feathery, sage-green leaves which are shed in the winter. Its bark, typically a smoky-brown color tinged with gray and green and red undertones, is distinguishably thin and fibrous, often described as stringy and ridged. The wood itself is odorless and popular for its water resistance. With high merchantable yields, the wood is commonly used to create shingles, wall panels, and even carvings.

Bald Cypresses reach an average height of 50-70 ft. with a 20-45 ft. spread. The tallest known such tree is located near Williamsburg, Virginia, and rears up at approximately 144 ft. With some Bald Cypresses reputed to be older than 1,600 years old, you can imagine the tales such a tree could tell if it could speak! It has been designated as Louisiana’s official state tree, and is commended by some as “the symbol of the southern swamps”.

Native Forest Nursery Photos:

Mature Tree Photos: