Swamp Cypress Tree Taxodium Distichum Options Explained
120-180cm: 7 litre pot. Feathered.
180-240cm: 12-20 litre pot. Feathered.
(RB)Girth 18-20cm: Standard, rootball, buy Nov to Mar only. *Roughly 540-600cm tall.
(RB)Girth 20-25cm: Standard, rootball, buy Nov to Mar only. *Roughly 600-660cm tall.
*There is wide variation even within the same batch of trees and heights are only a very rough guideline and can easily be outside those listed.
Rootball means it will not come in a pot but will have the roots wrapped which you need to remove before planting and are available for delivery only between November and March.
Standard and Half Standard means lollipop shape. There is a more clear stem with a Standard.
Feathered means it has an obvious single stem with side branching for most of it.
Once Taxodium distichum is over around 200cm then girth is the most accurate way to measure maturity and therefore value for money. For every girth measurement increment e.g. 6-8cm to 8-10cm, the canopy will be wider, thicker, bushier and the root system larger as it has experienced 12-18 months growth. You can notice larger root systems with potted versions because the pot size increases with maturity. As a very general rule, each one cm girth measurement represents around 30cm growth.
The Swamp Cypress Tree (Taxodium Disticum) is a broadly conical large tree with reddish-brown thin bark which is a grey/red brown colour with a string like texture and considered very ornamental. Not the sort of ornamental you would put a piece on the Mantlepiece but more of a pleasing "Oh that looks nice" as you walk by or a "oh th......" if you are running.
The naming of the Swamp Cypress tree is shrouded in mystery, mostly because we only had 10 minutes before lunch to find out and low blood sugar levels were a significant problem.
A classic tree for waterside planting but will also grow in dry conditions. A non-evergreen tree which is very unusual for a conifer.
Springtime leaf colour will be a light green which turns to a bronze/yellow colour in the Autumn. If you have planted this tree thinking it was evergreen, we suggest superglue and green spray paint as the easiest solution. It can be a little slow coming to life in the Springtime for most parts of the UK.
At the time of writing the Swamp Cypress Tree had the RHS Award Of Garden Merit but the RHS have been known to remove these awards when a younger and better-looking specimen comes along.
If your site is very wet, the roots can appear out of the ground creating "knees". Checking these for arthritis will not help you age the tree. The root system is strong enough to withstand very high winds.
A large height tree, so expect a height of over 6 metres (20 foot), after 10 years and will likely reach 20m tall and 15m wide at maturity. largest recorded specimens are over 40m tall but they might have been standing on tippy-toe. The Swamp Cypress Tree does require a good summer to reach the taller heights. Considered a long-lived tree with one specimen reaching 1620 years old.
Every Scrap Of Information We Could Find Out About The Small Green Cones That Turn Brown When Ripe
The small green cones turn brown when ripe.
Pruning Swamp Cypress Tree
Generally, do not prune as they prefer to be left alone although removing dead, diseased or crossing over branches is always a good idea.
Planting Swamp Cypress Tree
It will tolerate most soil conditions, is fully UK hardy and you can plant in full sun or partial shade. It has a H7 frost rating which sounds like something your freezer would have but it actually means you can holiday with it in the most severe of European winters down to minus 20 degrees centigrade. Just don't take it in the hot tub with you.
Give it more water than most other trees for at least the first 2 years after planting or plant it close to a natural water source e.g. pond, not a water main running through your garden.
The Swamp Cypress Tree Wood
The timber is odourless so we assume is ideal for making spy equipment or clothes for tracking wildlife with heightened senses of smell. We STRONGLY suggest sanding underwear with a fine grit to reduce splinters. With the UK market for wooden hunting clothes being woefully undersupplied, this could be a great business. With strong resistance to water and therefore rotting, it makes for a very useful outdoor timber and/or wooden incontinence pants.
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Other Interesting Information About Our Swamp Cypress Tree
If you say Swamp Cypress Tree 50 times really fast, then your social life sounds pretty limited.
If you are reading this whilst on a first date, the chances are it is not going well.
The easiest way to plant the Swamp Cypress tree is to blackmail someone else to do it.
If you have doubts about buying this tree because of it's size, you can just view it from further away.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £450 for 150cm+ trees might be discounted by contacting us
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Climate Change has increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust, frost damage etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season or less. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy and will bounce back.