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PlantFiles: Bald Cypress
Taxodium distichum 'Peve Minaret'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Taxodium (taks-OH-dee-um) (Info)
Species: distichum (DIS-tik-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Peve Minaret

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sladeofsky On Jun 15, 2014, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Most sources list the maximum height of this cultivar as 10'. This is incorrect. One at Raulston Arboretum is over 20' and growing. It is smaller, denser, and slower than the species, but as this is a relatively new introduction, it's maximum height may yet to be determined. I imagine that climate and growing conditions may influence it's size. This is a gorgeous plant and I hate to think that people are planting it in locations where it will have to be removed. A local nursery offered some amazing specimens that were all about 15'. They display a magnificently ordered and sculptural structure. 'Peve Minaret' gets more impressive with age, so give it the space it needs to achieve its full effect.

Neutral Davidsan On Sep 9, 2011, Davidsan from Springfield, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

Just a breif comment Japanese Beetles like all softer bald cypress .. maybe this one more?? but I wouldn't put that as a negative that is the nature of the beetle it likes those trees best along with many other including roses contorted filbert and cherries... but I have seen little difference inn their love for the bald cypress cultivars . seven works best with spreader sticker lasts two weeks with rain.

Positive braun06 On Jul 2, 2010, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This a very ornamental and feathery little tree. It seems to hold onto leaves late in fall prolonging the rust brown effect. It is very tough. It doesn't care about whether soils are dry or wet just like the species. Fall color comes later than many other plants so the feathery green is a good contrast to other fall colors. There is one characteristic that seperates this plant though from that status quo of bald cypress a little bit, Japanese beetles love it and seem to favor it over other more typical feeding plants just for foliage. I list this as a concern for beetle prone areas specifically because for those who have little time to garden, that garden organicly, or don't want something higher maintenance, this tree may not be good for your location.

I have other bald cypresses that do barely get touched or as severely attacked, more specifically the true tree forms where foliage is more open or feeding material greater in quantity. The compact foliage of Peve Minaret make it much easier for the beetles to gather and feed while mating that only attracts more beetles because of pheromones. I had to clean this tree 3-4x a day of beetles for 6 weeks and after feeling I lost a summer to beetle control, I decided to do systemics. I just can't give this tree up like I have on some of my hardy hibiscus and roses.

I don't say this as a negative but only to help people be cautious or informed about purchasing an expensive dwarf tree that can easily be mutilated into a brown cloud without control if you have pets or health concerns about chemicals. Protection will be needed on this plant as it will not be able to grow big enough to replenish its food supply when it is constantly under attack as compared to larger shade trees. As the tree matures and growth slows I see this being a more significant issue. I would recommend being cautious planting this tree in areas of irrigation, locations near waterways or low spots where water can drain to and near golf courses where beetles will be a constant and heavy problem. Beetles are the only maintenance or cultural issue however. I have plants turn yellow from chlorosis but this plant seems to have no problem with it and even grows 1.5' a year in its young age. Tree is now slowing down near 8' in height


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Thonotosassa, Florida
Peoria, Illinois
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky (2 reports)
Millbrook, New York
Inman, South Carolina
Nashville, Tennessee
Amelia Court House, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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