7. Swamp cypress Taxodium distichum

Family: Cupressaceae


Also known as Bald Cypress, this tree is native to South East USA. Unlike most Cypress trees it is deciduous (hence the name ‘bald’). A long lived tree.. over 1000 years and usually grows in swampy ground but can be planted in drier situations. Has odourless water resistant timber and was commonly used for shingles by early settlers in the US. It is the ‘State Tree’ of Louisiana. Whanganui Protected Tree T18 and NZ notable tree WGR/0998