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Pond Cypress 'Prairie Sentinel'

Taxodium ascendens

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



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

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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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Peoria, Illinois

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 3, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

In early October of this 2014 I finally saw the Pond Baldcypress, of this Prairie Sentinel cultivar, along a run or tiny creek at Longwood Gardens in se PA. It was labeled with a metal tag as Taxodium distichum imbricarium 'Prairie Sentinel'. Its foliage seems a little softer in texture than the Common species and the branchlets are erect, giving this a different aspect. This cultivar is narrow, upright in form, probably usually about to 60 ft high x 10 ft wide. Like the Common species it should be good with pH to up about 7.0.


On Nov 19, 2012, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Unique plant with a narrow tiered hairy appearance. Bright green leaves are attractive until fall when they turn golden and fall off. I have found the plant tough even when the plant was grown incorrectly in the nursery that mine came from. I had mine for 3 years and it grew stoutly in the trunk without adding any height. I decided to remove it due to its lack luster growth upward. While removing it i found that the nursery that grew it, grew it in too little soil and added soil to the pot at a later date. The root zone was too deep for it to recover but the plant stayed alive even through severe heat and drought. I would recommend this tree highly just hopefully people have better luck getting appropriately rooted plants. This tree is attractive, adaptable and holds little interes... read more