Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Pond Cypress
Taxodium ascendens

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Taxodium (taks-OH-dee-um) (Info)
Species: ascendens (as-SEN-dens) (Info)

Synonym:Taxodium distichum var. nutans
Synonym:Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


over 40 ft. (12 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

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 seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Click thumbnail
to view:

By Jeff_Beck
Thumbnail #1 of Taxodium ascendens by Jeff_Beck

By Jeff_Beck
Thumbnail #2 of Taxodium ascendens by Jeff_Beck

By Jeff_Beck
Thumbnail #3 of Taxodium ascendens by Jeff_Beck

By Jeff_Beck
Thumbnail #4 of Taxodium ascendens by Jeff_Beck

By TamiMcNally
Thumbnail #5 of Taxodium ascendens by TamiMcNally

By patcharles1956
Thumbnail #6 of Taxodium ascendens by patcharles1956

By frostweed
Thumbnail #7 of Taxodium ascendens by frostweed

There are a total of 17 photos.
Click here to view them all!


4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sladeofsky On Apr 27, 2010, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this tree. It is very romantic looking... graceful and prehistoric at the same time. It is much narrower than its cousin the Bald Cypress.

Positive slyperso1 On Apr 30, 2008, slyperso1 from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Outstanding tree, 10 ft tree is almost a miniature version of the 100ft mature tree.
Much more resistant to drought than people think.
One pic was taken summer 2007 during a drought in Cincinnati. The grass turned yellow, but the tree did not suffer at all, unlike maples in the same conditions.

Does not have red bark like some bald cypress

Positive MissMarple On Mar 31, 2006, MissMarple from San Francisco, CA wrote:

It makes a great bonsai and does well.

Positive TREEHUGR On Dec 31, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

One of my favorites. Somewhat more compact growth than bald cypress and different leaves. It does have all the other benefits.


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

Atmore, Alabama
Bartow, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Olathe, Kansas
Louisville, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Picayune, Mississippi
Cincinnati, Ohio
Arlington, Texas
Newsoms, Virginia

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America