Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum (Linnaeus) L.C. Richard

Status:

Bald Cypress is a very popular tree that is heavily planted by both the state and the public. Bald Cypress is only native to the southern coastal plain. Any populations north of Dorchester County or the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp in Calvert County should be considered non-native! Most non-native populations of Bald Cypress do not reproduce and should not be considered established populations unless there is proof of reproduction, i.e. very young trees that have obviously not been planted. Cypress "knees" are not an example of reproduction as these are just evidence of the trees roots.

Description:

Bald Cypress is a deciduous evergreen.

Where to find:

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Preserve in Calvert County has a boardwalk through the largest remaining Bald Cypress swamp on the western shore. The Nassawango area of Worcester and Wicomico Counties also have many large native stands of Bald Cypress.

Relationships:

Host to Taxodiomyia cupressiananassa. Host to a variety of moth species including Cypress Looper Moth, Bald Cypress Coneworm Moth, Bald Cypress Sphinx Moth, Lithophane abita, Angle-winged Emerald Moth. and Imperial Moth.

There are 89 records in the project database.

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Bald Cypress knees in Calvert Co., Maryland (12/27/2008). Photo by Janice Browne. (MBP list)

Bald Cypress knees in Worcester Co., Maryland (2/25/2012). Photo by Donna Mason-Spier. (MBP list)

A Bald Cypress in Baltimore Co., Maryland (12/28/2014). Photo by Bob Cammarata. (MBP list)

Bald Cypress growing in Harford Co., Maryland (11/13/2016). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

Bald Cypress cones in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (9/16/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Bald Cypress in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/28/2010). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Young Bald Cypress cones observed in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/28/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Bald Cypress (young plant in late fall) in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (11/21/2015). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Bald Cypress in Carroll Co., Maryland (5/26/2013). Certainly pushing the very edge of the species range in Maryland. Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

Bald Cypress catkins in Worcester Co., Maryland (3/25/2017). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

A cone from a Bald Cypress growing in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/28/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Bald Cypress in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/12/2017). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)

Bald Cypress growing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/6/2014). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)


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