Taxodium distichum at Roath Park Botanic Garden

Taxodium distichum 0

Taxodium distichum
January 2015

Taxodium distichum 1

Taxodium distichum
mid May 2015

Taxodium distichum 2

Taxodium distichum
early July 2015

Taxodium distichum 3

Taxodium distichum
early December 2019

Grid reference ST 18520 79174
Common name Swamp cypress
Common name Bald cypress
Origin S.E. USA
Deciduous Yes
Status Wales Champion 2013
Height 22M February 2015
Girth 441cm January 2015
Reference 34

This tree is located in the east border of the Acer Lawn. It is one of the original plantings in the Botanic Garden, being described in the 1905 Guide to Roath Park.

Taxodium distichum bark

Taxodium distichum bark
May 2015

Taxodium distichum foliage

Taxodium distichum foliage
mid June 2015

Taxodium distichum foliage2

Taxodium distichum autumn foliage
early December 2019

Taxodium distichum fruit

Taxodium distichum fruit
early December 2019

Taxodium distichum strobili

Taxodium distichum strobili
early December 2019

General tree description

This is a large deciduous conifer, typically reaching 30 metres and occasionally more. It has a narrow conical form and red-brown bark. The very light green foliage appears in late spring, and turns a bronze-brown in autumn. The pollen cones are yellowish green turning purplish to brown. One of its characteristics is that if situated near a lake or bog the Taxodium distichum will send up aerial roots or "knees" from its base.