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 var. imbricarium
Foliage: Sage green
Fall Foliage: Coppery bronze
Bloom: Non-flowering
Shape: Conical
Bark: Gray brown to red brown
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 9
Size: 30 to 70 feet
Spread: 15 to 20 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil
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Native to the east coast of the United States, the Pond Cypress is a deciduous conifer tree that is commonly found near the ponds, lakes, and riparian lands ranging from Virginia to Louisiana. While some botanists treat it as a variety of the Bald Cypress, the Pond Cypress is classified as Taxadium Distichum var. Imbricarium of the Cupressaceae family, and it differs in its ecology (preferring to grow on water margins as opposed to having its roots fully submerged) and in some structural characteristics.

Within the 5-9 hardiness zone, the Pond Cypress tolerates medium to wet well-drained soils, but thrives best in moisture-retentive soils in full sun. Reaching heights of 30-70 ft., with a 15-30 ft. spread, this species is typically smaller and narrower than the Bald Cypress, though its cylindrical crown flattens to become more irregular over time. Its deciduous foliage is awl-like, appressed, and spirally arranged. These sage-green needles turn a lovely coppery-bronze in the autumn; as a non-flowering plant with inconspicuous catkins, this tree is solely adorned by its leaves and seed-bearing cones.

The Pond Cypress is also a valuable timber tree. Beneath the grayish-brown or reddish-brown bark, this species’ wood secretes cypressene, a chemical that is rot- and termite-resistant. The secretions of this chemical increase as the tree ages, greatly helping in the Pond Cypress’ preservation. The wood has been a common component in the construction of wooden boats and was actually one of the first New World tree species introduced to England in 1673. These trees are known to survive over 1,000 years; one of the largest (presumed to also be one of the oldest) was recorded in Big Tree Park, Florida, rearing up to 106 ft., but was unfortunately burned down in 2012.

“It is only when the cold season comes that we know the pine and cypress to be evergreens.” –Chinese Proverb


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