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PlantFiles: Pond Cypress
Taxodium ascendens 'Prairie Sentinel'

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

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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

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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)

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb 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.

Positive braun06 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. 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 and in its removal i found that the nursery that grew it, grew it initially in too little soil and added soil to the pot at a later date. The root zone was too deep for it to recover from 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 interest to japanese beetles.


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

Peoria, Illinois
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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