Interesting Facts About Cypress Trees

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Interesting Facts About Cypress Trees
Bald cypress tree in a wetland environment (cypress swamp image by William Knapp from

The name "cypress" is used to describe trees and shrubs in the cypress family. They are popular among landscapers and homeowners. There are varieties of cypress trees that can grow in nearly every soil condition, which makes it a versatile tree for growers. The cypress is popular for landscapers because it is large, can adapt to different climates and conditions, achieves hearty growth and can be used for privacy.

Cypress species

The most common cypress trees grown in the United States and the world are the Leyland cypress, bald cypress, Italian cypress, Arizona cypress and pond cypress. According to the Garden Guides website, the Leyland cypress can reach a height of 50 feet and grow 3 to 4 feet annually. It is dwarfed only by the bald cypress, which can reach heights of 70 feet.

Climate and soil conditions

The3re is a variety of cypress tree for nearly every climate and soil condition. According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension website, cypress varieties can be grown in soils that range from clay to mucks and peat. Cypress trees prefer moderately well-drained soils, such as sand loams, but some varieties can grow in poorly drained clays, others in wetlands.

Storm water drainage aid

According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension website, cypress trees can be used by homeowners to aid their storm water drainage systems. Cypress varieties such as the bald and pond cypress flourish in wetland environments, and act to prevent flooding in heavy rain areas. The bald and pond cypress are also used for lumber because they grow back quickly and are plentiful in wetland regions.


Cypress trees in nearly all varieties are used for lumber and mulch because of their natural resistance to decay and quick growing abilities. According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension website, 23 per cent to 54 per cent of bald and pond cypress were found to have live sprouts only two years after harvesting. The fast growth of the cypress makes it a sustainable tree for lumber harvesters with little environmental impact.

Decay resistant

Decay is caused by micro-organisms, fungi, insects and other organisms that consider the trees to be food. According to the National Gardening Association website, cypress wood is considered to have a natural resistance to decay, which makes it a great outdoor wood for building. Decay resistance allows the wood from the cypress tree to be used as a building material where natural decay, without the aid of chemical inhibitors, can take decades.

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